Bayelsa State said rumour mongering is hindering the state’s development.
The Bayelsa State Government 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.