The Bayelsa State Government has inaugurated a five-man Administrative Panel of Enquiry to address issues of litigation affecting Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Inaugurating the Panel on behalf of Governor Seriake Dickson, the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), charged the Panel to painstakingly carry out the assignment.
According to him, the terms of reference of the Panel include; reviewing of cases instituted against the State Government and its Agencies in various courts, ascertain the processes of possible re-seating of cases where judgements have been obtained and highlighting of cases where judgements where entered against Government Agencies and determine the conduct of officials of such Agencies.
Furthermore, the Panel is also expected to critically look into cases involving the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission and determine the extent of collusion of officials of the Commission in the handling of cases instituted against it.
Responding, Chairman of the Panel, Barr. Preye Agedah assured the State Government that the Panel, Given the quality of its membership will discharge the task creditably.
He also promised that the Panel will not witch-hunt anybody but will only protect the interest of Government, with a view to ensuring that the system works more effectively for the overall benefit of all.
Membership of the Panel includes; Barr. Preye Agedah as Chairman, Dr. Josephine Lloyd, Dr John Idumange and Boma Bromlo-Jack as member while Mr. Ovie Victor is to serve as secretary.
The Panel which will look into cases from 2007 to date, has two weeks to submit its report.