According to the Bayelsa state government, the spread of rumors and false stories is hampering the state’s progress and is moving to put an end to it.
It has concluded plans to set up a committee to address “the ugly trend of rumour-mongering in the state”.
The committee is to fish out actors behind rumour-mongering “which has been found inimical to the development of the state”.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, made the announcement in a statement on Saturday in Yenagoa.
Mr. Iworiso-Markson said that Gov. Seriake Dickson was worried by the “disturbing trend of rumour-mongering in the state.”
“Gov. Dickson has decided to set up a high-powered committee to address the ugly trend of rumour-mongering in the state.
“A situation whereby the person and office of the governor are always at the receiving end of rumour-mongering is quite disturbing to the government,” Mr. Iworiso-Markson said.
According to the statement, the committee which will be inaugurated next week, will be tasked with the responsibility of finding a permanent solution to rumour-mongering in the state.
He said that the committee would be saddled with the responsibility of fishing out persons who made it a habit to peddle rumours and spread false and misleading information to the public.