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Nigeria Olympics Committee Honours Gov. Diri – Awards Oborududu Scholarship

The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) has described Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, as a sports friendly personality that has greatly impacted the sector.

The NOC President, Engr. Habu Gumel, stated this on Thursday night in Yenagoa when he presented the Olympic Sports Friendly Personality Award to Governor Diri during a state banquet in honour of the committee members who were in the state for their annual general meeting.

Gumel said as a former Commissioner for Sports and now governor, Diri has achieved a lot and has continued to produce sports stars for the state and Nigeria.

He said: “This is a very important day for us. We are so happy. You have achieved a lot. You have produced many champions and I know more are coming. 

“You also produced Blessing (Oborududu), who brought us silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics and made Nigeria proud. The Nigeria Olympic Committee is offering Blessing a scholarship.

“So, for all you have achieved in sports, I hereby present the Olympic Sports Friendly Personality award to you.”

Gumel recalled how he was elected president of the NOC 20 years ago in the state,  describing Bayelsa as his second home. 

He thanked the government and people of the state for their hospitality towards members of the NOC.

In his remarks, Governor Diri said sports was important to the human race as it has proved to be a uniting factor for peace and development. 

He expressed appreciation to the NOC for choosing Bayelsa for its annual general meeting, noting that the state had passion for sports. 

Governor Diri reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to sports development, stressing that it is willing to partner relevant stakeholders.

His words: “Mr  President and members of the NOC, I welcome you to Bayelsa State; a state that loves sports with passion; a state that will continue to welcome every sports lover in Nigeria.

“We are happy with your growth. We are happy to understand and know that it was on this soil you emerged as president of the Nigeria Olympic Committee. 

“Twenty years later, you and your colleagues decided to come again to have your AGM on this soil.”

In his welcome address, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Daniel Igali, said the state deserved to host the NOC AGM given its performance in sports in the last year.

Igali lauded Governor Diri for his support to development of sports in the state, which he said has placed Bayelsa prominently on the national and international map.

Daniel Alabrah
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor
December 17, 2021

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Nembe Oil Spill: Opu-Nembe Kingdom Lauds Gov Diri On Visit, Succour To Ravaged Communities

The Opu-Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State has commended Governor Douye Diri for his response to the plight of the kingdom over the oil and gas spillage that has ravaged their communities. 

The Amayanabo of Opu-Nembe Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, King Biobelemoye Josiah, Ogbodo VIII, in a statement he personally signed, thanked the governor for also setting up a committee aimed at assessing the extent and effect of the spill.

The monarch stated that the kingdom greatly appreciated the visit of the governor to have an on-the-spot assessment of the oil and gas blowout, which is yet to be contained after a month.

He said: “We put on record the empathy shown by Your Excellency in providing immediate cushioning financial support to all segments of the Kingdom during your visit.

“We further commend you for immediately directing your Deputy to set up an “Assessment Committee on Nembe Oil Spillage.

“Your Excellency, my people and I also want to commend you for urging AITEO, whose oil well-head caused the spill, to provide adequate remediation/compensation for affected communities, families, businesses, farmlands/fishing implements.

“Your Excellency, on behalf of the good people of Opu- Nembe Kingdom, I passionately request that you use your honoured office to ask the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to swiftly distribute relief materials to communities affected by the persistently gushing oil and gas spill.

“Also for the following federal government agencies; The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Regulatory Commissions of the relevant Streams (up, mid and down) in the oil industry, the National Environmental Sanitation and Regulatory Agency (NESREA) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) to show more concern for the well-being of my people as well as reduce their sufferings.”

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Gov Diri Tasks Ijaw Leaders On Justice, Equity – Advocates Devolution Of Power

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has charged the Ijaw nation leaders to relentlessly speak out on issues of injustice and under-development confronting the ethnic nationality until they are addressed.

Senator Diri stated this on Saturday at the All Ijaw Summit with the theme, “The Nigerian State and the Ijaw Question” in Yenagoa, the state capital. 

The summit was organised by the Ijaw National Congress (INC).

While commending the INC leadership for convening the summit, the governor maintained that the Ijaw people would continue to oppose the the three per cent allotted to the host communities in the Petroleum Industry Act until justice was done.

In a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the governor said: “The Niger Delta people view the 13 per cent derivation from the prism of 87 per cent deprivation.

“The three per cent allotted to oil producing communities in the PIA is very paltry and we will continue to oppose it until it is addressed.”

He also said that the country for too long has operated a unitary system of government instead of true federalism and called for devolution of powers from the centre to the states.

Where power is properly devolved, the governor advocated that the federal government would be responsible for currency, foreign policy and national security.

He urged the summit to interrogate issues of constitution amendment, particularly state police, additional local governments for Bayelsa and more states for the Ijaw nation.

The state’s helmsman urged the summit to also  deliberate on matters of oil and gas exploitation in the Niger Delta and the inherent dangers to the people and environment in view of the ongoing oil spillage from the Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited’s facility in Nembe.

“I strongly believe that this summit should indicate clearly  our stand with our people who are in imminent peril of extinction and impose stringent ethical responsibilities on oil exploration companies on our land.”

Reacting to Arewa youths that opposed his comments on the Nembe oil spill, Senator Diri stressed that he had never played politics with the health and development of his people and did not need to be a petroleum engineer to defend his people.

“I have never played politics with the health and development of our people and if the Arewa youths think that what I said is to over-politicise the situation in Nembe, then I want to believe that they are the most ignorant people on what is happening in the Niger Delta.”

In his remarks, chairman of the occasion, former Justice of the Supreme Court and Pere of Tuomo Kingdom in Delta State, Francis Tabai, said it was paradoxical that while the Niger Delta people produced the wealth of the nation for over 60 years, they remain the poorest.

The retired jurist noted that the Niger Delta people who occupy the most difficult coastal areas deserve special attention as they have been  responsible for the economic survival of the country.

Also, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the INC, Chief Edwin Clark, represented by Amb. Godknows Igali, said the Ijaws have been unfairly treated and called on the ethnic group’s leaders, particularly National Assembly members and other elected officials, to speak out on the injustices meted out to the Ijaw nation.

“We are the goose that lays the golden egg but we receive the other end of the stick. We will continue to shout about the injustice meted out to our people. We have been unfairly treated,” he said.

In his address, the INC President, Prof. Benjamin Okaba, said the essence of the summit was to evoke a common understanding and build a concensus on the the way forward for the Ijaw people.

Prof Okaba, who highlighted a number of challenges confronting the people, noted that with the support of patriotic Ijaw leaders the Congress would continue to employ the tools of dialogue and persuasion, which are non-violent advocacy.

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AITEO Spill, The Worst In My Lifetime – Gov Diri *Says Our People Are Endangered *Calls For Protection of Fishing Routes

An unhappy Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, returned from visiting the oil spill site in Nembe Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday, describing it as the worst he had seen in his lifetime.

The OML 29 Well 1 platform, which is operated by Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil firm, Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, has been spilling crude unabated into the Santa Barbara River for about one month.

An estimated two million barrels of crude has reportedly been spilled into the river, polluting the flora and fauna of the area.

Governor Diri said the continuous spillage has further endangered the lives of people of Nembe, Bayelsa and indeed the Niger Delta.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, the governor, who expressed shock over the quantity of crude that has been spilled into the environment, called on the Federal Government and operators of the oil field to immediately take action to stop it.

According to him, the prolonged oil spill into the water and air had an immediate and long term effect on the health of the inhabitants.

While assuring the people that appropriate measures would be taken to seek redress, he noted that the quest by oil firms to make money would not be at the expense of the lives of the people. 

Describing fishing as the source of livelihood of the people of the area, Senator Diri noted that just as there are grazing routes, Bayelsa State has fishing routes and must be protected.

He expressed empathy with the Nembe people, whom he said have lost their means of livelihood due to the spill while appreciating them for their peaceful disposition. 

His words: “Today happens to be a very dark day for me. What we have seen, I believe, is worse than what happened in the Gulf of Mexico. In all my life, I have not seen such magnitude of oil spillage.

“Our people are endangered. Our people’s source of livelihood is endangered. I empathise and sympathise with the people of Nembe on behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State. 

“I like to give you hope that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with you. Your government will activate every constitutional means to arrest and redress this magnitude of oil spill.

“I therefore call on the Federal Government, the operators of the oil field, NNPC and AITEO to immediately look for a superior technical know-how to contain and stop the spread of the oil.

“For Bayelsa, the only thing we know how to do best is fishing. Today, our own fishing route is endangered. I equally call on the Federal Government to immediately react and ensure that our fishing route is safe.”

The Bayelsa helmsman also decried the exclusion of indigenes of host communities in the running of the oil industry, saying that if indigenes were part of the operations of the oil field, they would have looked for ways to address the problem.

To ameliorate the suffering of the people, the governor has directed the State Emergency Management Agency and Ministry of Health to immediately provide relief materials and healthcare services to the people.

Earlier, the chairman of Nembe Local Government Area, Hon. West Alalibo, and member representing Nembe Constituency 2 in the State House of Assembly, Edward Brigidi, appreciated the governor for embarking on an on-the-spot assessment visit to the site.

They revealed that the spill has caused water and environmental pollution, which is hazardous to the health of the people.

Also speaking, chairman of Opu-Nembe Council of Chiefs, Chief Ekpeleyai Oruwari, appealed to government and the operators of the oil well to stop the oil from spilling into their environment.

Chief Oruwari stated that the spill has polluted their environment leading to a damage of their source of water and means of livelihood, adding that the people’s lives are in danger due to the polluted air.

He appealed for the provision of relief materials to ameliorate their plight.

The governor was accompanied by lawmakers, including the member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr. Fred Agbedi, Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, and top government functionaries on the visit.

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Again, Gov. Diri Tasks FG On Nembe-Brass Road 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has restated the significance of the road from Nembe to the Brass Island in Brass Local Government Areas of the state to the country’s economy.

Governor Diri restated this on Tuesday while declaring open the 10th Practical Nigerian Content Conference with the theme “Driving the Nigeria Content in the Dawn of Petroleum Industry Act.”

The three-day conference is organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) at its headquarters in Yenagoa. 

The governor re-echoed his call to the Federal Government following President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 7 of 2019 on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme to construct roads across the country.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that given the value of Nembe-Brass road and its capacity to cut the cost of operations of the oil companies in the Brass axis as well as significantly stimulate the economy of the state, there was need for the federal government to construct the road that been on the drawing board for years. 

He extended his call to members of the National Assembly from the state to support the move in the interest of the state and the country.

His words: “The federal government through Executive Order 7 of 2019 on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, generously indicated that it would be constructing a number of roads in various locations in the country.

“Given the tremendous value of the Nembe-Brass road and its capacity to cut the cost of operations of oil companies and significantly stimulate the economy of the state, I appeal to the federal government to again extend this kind gesture to the Nembe-Brass road. 

“In particular, I call on my friend, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, who joined us virtually, that the NNPC should also look towards Bayelsa and the Nembe-Brass road in its proposed plan to construct some roads in the country.

“We call on our legislators in the National Assembly as well as our sons and daughters at the federal level to support this noble move in the interest of our state and our country.”

Senator Diri asserted that the oil and gas industry is big enough to accommodate home-grown companies and urged the NCDMB to see local contractors more as collaborators than as competitors. 

He expressed delight that as hosts of the headquarters of the NCDMB, Bayelsa and its government were committed to protecting the only visible federal government presence zealously.

While reassuring that the state was always willing to provide a conducive environment for the oil and gas industry to operate, the governor noted that the state and its people should not be seen as competitors and pushovers where their environment is being destroyed by oil spillages. 

He, however, noted that as the transition from fossil fuel to gas draws nearer, the federal government as well as multinational companies should brainstorm on their legacies when the era of crude oil is no more.

In a goodwill message, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, represented by the Director Human Resources and Management, Dr. Famous Eseduwo, called on stakeholders to take advantage of the Petroleum Industry Act to invest in the industry. 

Also in his address, the NNPC GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari, expressed the belief that the conference would open a new vista for the local industry players to consolidate on the gains laid by the federal government.

In his keynote address, Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, enumerated the ten years strategic roadmap of the board, which has been driving the Nigerian content towards the goals embedded in the Petroleum Industry Act.

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Nuclear Regulatory Body Sites Zonal Office In Bayelsa

The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA) is to site its South-South zonal headquarters in Bayelsa State.

The NNRA Director General, Dr. Yau Idris, disclosed this on Monday during a courtesy visit to Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, in Government House, Yenagoa.

Dr Idris, who was accompanied by members of the Bayelsa State House of Representatives Caucus, noted that the agency is a regulatory body in charge of issues relating to radiation.

According to him, the NNRA, an agency under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, has 80 per cent of its activities related to oil and gas.

The agency is also responsible for regulating radiation activities in the health, mining, agriculture and manufacturing sectors among others.

Dr Idris stated that the increase in the agency’s activities agency and the need to expand informed the decision to approach the Minister of State Petroleum, who approved the siting of the office in Yenagoa.

In his response, Governor Diri said locating the agency’s office in the state is a welcome development that would benefit the people.

The governor however urged the agency to move beyond oil and gas and explore other areas like space that would contribute to the development of the country as the world economy is moving away from oil and gas.

Senator Diri also appreciated the Minister of State, Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, for approving the zonal headquarters for the state.

While appreciating members of the National Assembly from Bayelsa for setting their political differences aside to work for development of the state, he said that what should be paramount in their stewardship should be bequeathing a better society to the next generation.

His words: “Your agency is welcome to our state. Bayelsa is peaceful and and looking for investors and partnership with all well-meaning corporate and private bodies.
words. We request for more agencies, ministries, departments and parastatals to have their offices here.

“I appreciate the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and the Bayelsa State House of Representatives Caucus, especially the deputy chairman, Petroleum Upstream Committee, Hon Preye Oseke, who has been in touch with government and made this possible.

“As we are in the saddle of governance, the only choice we have is to work in unity and leave development for our children. Let us not leave a Bayelsa of hatred, war and illiteracy, sickness and disease to our children. Let’s make Bayelsa and Nigeria a state and country our children will be proud of.”

Daniel Alabrah
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor
October 18, 2021

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Bayelsa Seeks Infrastructure, Agric, Technical Assistance From China

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has sought the assistance of the People’s Republic of China in the area of infrastructure, agricultural, technical and educational development of his state.

Governor Diri made the request at the weekend when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jianchun, at the country’s embassy in Abuja.

The Bayelsa governor, who was warmly received, said China has recorded robust successes in economy, partnerships, innovations as well as in poverty eradication.

He noted that in the last two decades, the most populated country in the world has witnessed rapid growth, surpassing the World Bank as the world’s largest lender of development finance.

He said this feat was achieved primarily through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global 

infrastructure plan conceptualized in China in 2013 and implemented in more than 70 countries with the goal of partnering in the design and implementation 

of large infrastructure projects.

Governor Diri recalled the President of China’s statement that his government was willing to 

partner with Nigeria to reduce poverty, saying Bayelsa State would be the right destination for such intervention. 

His words: “We believe Bayelsa offers a considerable window to the world and will be a spectacular platform to showcase the BRI in the building of roads that traverse several water bodies as well as providing access to inexhaustible reserve of resources in the coasts of Bayelsa.

“Our state’s expansive coastline is ideal for fishing, tourism and wind energy. Our government has identified agriculture as the main sector within which it will achieve sustainable development and growth. We have already identified four areas to substantially invest, which are fishing farming, rice, cassava and plantain cultivation.”

Diri stressed that with the requisite legal framework in place and available human resources, Bayelsa was ready to welcome investors and industry experts for a collaborative development of a centre for machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. 

“The technological 

revolution that this would engender would be a force to improve and empower thousands of people across the Nigeria and Africa in general. There are opportunities to establish new tech hubs across all the eight-local government 

headquarters in the state.”

The Bayelsa helmsman further stated that the state is a prime location for interested investors to set up clusters of modular, 

captive power generation plants, leveraging on its abundant gas resources. 

“Our coastline is the longest in Nigeria of about 180km and has the widest access to the Atlantic Ocean, creating the potential for wind energy.”

On the deep seaport project at Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area, the governor said the state seeks partners to develop a port that would act as a trans-shipment port. servicing the entire Gulf of Guinea and the hinterland of Nigeria. 

“The seaport and port city would be sited on 10,000 hectares of land to 

accommodate an industrial city. Approximately 7,500 hectares of land has been acquired for the project, which requires an investment of approximately $2.5billion.

“We are already constructing a road to terminate at Ekeremor, which is the local government headquarters. So, we have to construct another road to Agge as well as do the harbour work at the seaport. This would be one of the best seaports in Nigeria that would serve countries around the Gulf of Guinea.”

Governor Diri commended the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), saying he and the state were impressed with the company’s work on the Yenagoa-Oporoma and Gloryland Drive road projects it was constructing in the state.

Responding, Ambassador Cui Jianchun said China and Nigeria had a lot in common.

The envoy noted that 12 years ago, China had over 87 million people living below the poverty line but that by February this year, they had all crossed above the line.

Presenting an economic strategy document to Governor Diri, Jianchun said if China with its large population could overcome poverty, Nigeria can also do same if the country adopted the right policies.

He said: “I believe that we have to work together to grow. If we have to achieve our country’s national interest, we have to do something significant in our host country.

“I therefore thank you for your expression of confidence in China and Chinese companies. You have made the right choice. 

“We can look at the possibility of Chinese investors and companies partnering with Bayelsa to develop your gas resources as well as infrastructure. Bayelsa is an important state to Nigeria because of its natural resource endowments and its people. There are several areas of partnership we can explore,” he said.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
October 10, 2021

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Gov. Diri Seeks Investors For OPL 240 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said his government was open to investment discussions on developing of its oil field, OPL 240.

Senator Diri stated this during the courtesy visit of the management of First Exploration and Production Company led by former Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, to Government House, Yenagoa.

Governor Diri said the state government, which owns the operating licence for OPL 240, is still searching for the right investors to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as urging First Exploration and Production Company not to repeat same mistake as oil multinational companies in siting their office headquarters outside their operational base. 

He said having its headquarters in the state brings direct investment to the immediate environment, especially as an indigenous company.

The state helmsman assured management of the company that his government was willing to partner and provide a conducive environment for them to operate.

His words: “We have OPL 240, which has been on the table long before my government. It is still on the table and I’m sure you would have read about the Atala oil field and the purported revocation. We do not want OPL 240 to suffer similar fate.

“OPL 240 is owned by Bayelsa State government and we are looking for investors. You can take a look at it, liase with my officials and if you think it is worth it, we are ready to open it up. Anybody that gives us the best, we are ready to sign an MoU for the company to invest.

“I call on you to establish your headquarters here in Yenagoa. That way more of your people would be employed and you will pay most of your taxes in Bayelsa.

“We are ready to work with you. We will work with security agencies to ensure that there is peace where you operate.” 

While commending the company for some of its intervention projects in its host communities, Diri called for synergy between it and the state government for optimal results. 

He said the state government has decided to be witnesses to any GMoU entered into with communities, especially in the area of enterprise development.

He equally suggested that the company adds agriculture to its corporate social responsibility for the state.

The governor recalled remarks made by an organ of the federal government about the state as being bankrupt, stating that such comment can only be true because the resources of the state was being shared and distributed at the centre with little percentage given back to the goose that laid the golden egg.

Speaking earlier, the chairman of First Exploration and Production Company, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, said the company started operating offshore in the state last year but that it was established in 2011.

Mr. Ajumogobia said the visit was to introduce the company to the governor and the government of Bayelsa State as well as express the commitment towards improving the living standards of its host communities.

Ajumogobia highlighted some of the firm’s corporate social responsibilities to include education, health and enterprise development.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
October 6, 2021

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Governor Diri Gives Scorecard Of Stewardship – Says Bayelsa Has Made Remarkable Progress

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Friday, gave account of his stewardship since mounting the saddle 20 months ago.

Governor Diri, in a state broadcast aired on Yenagoa-based television and radio stations to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence and the 25th anniversary of Bayelsa State, said the state had made good progress so far.

The governor also eulogized the state’s heroes, founding fathers and late General Sani Abacha for their courageous acts that led to the creation of Bayelsa.

Senator Diri said under his Prosperity Administration, the state had recorded some significant milestones in infrastructure development.

“My Government of Prosperity has sustained ongoing construction of the Yenagoa-Oporoma road in Central Senatorial District and the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

“Also we are constructing the collapsed Elebele bridge in Ogbia local government, the 4.5 kilometre Igbedi road in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, phase 2 of the Gloryland Drive Road in Yenagoa as well as construction of the Nembe Unity Bridge in the East Senatorial District.”

He equally listed construction of the outer ring road from Elebele to Igbogene, phase 2 of the Isaac Boro Expressway in Yenagoa, completion and commissioning of Imiringi bridge and completion of the Onopa bridge and construction of the access road into the new Yenagoa city.

The governor further noted that under his leadership, 51 internal roads in Yenagoa were rehabilitated in addition to 20 new roads under construction.

He highlighted construction of the media complex, which has reached advanced stages of completion, for the three-state-owned media organizations namely Radio Bayelsa, Niger Delta Television and New Waves Newspaper.

In the area of agriculture, Diri said that the state in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria allocated land and seedlings to 3,500 farmers in the eight local government areas.

Also, he disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Africa Atlantic Gulf of Guinea Fisheries, a European consortium, to create 4,000 jobs and train 2,500 youths in fish farming.

Under the agreement, a boat building yard and fish processing plants of over 20,000 metric tonnes capacity are to be set up.

On health, the state’s helmsman said the Kaiama referral hospital was completed and commissioned with similar health facilities being replicated in the other local government areas as well as setting up of a fully equipped molecular laboratory in Yenagoa for improved COVID-19 screening and testing.

In the education sector, Senator Diri pointed out that construction of new science and technical colleges are underway in line with his government’s policy to promote vocational education.

“Almost all the programmes in our state-owned tertiary institutions have been fully accredited within our short period in government and we have embarked on rehabilitation of primary and post-primary schools across all LGAs,” the governor said.

He urged Bayelsans to appreciate God for creation of the state, saying it has witnessed remarkable development in 25 years of its existence. 

The governor noted that although the state had not developed to the level it desired to be, it has recorded appreciable growth in terms of human and infrastructure development compared to when it was part of the old Rivers State. 

While calling on sons and daughters of the state to close ranks and support his administration to move the state forward, Diri stressed that there was no other state they can call theirs, urging them to avoid acts that would pull the state backward. 

Giving an overview of achievements of the state within 25 years of creation, the governor said Bayelsa has established higher institutions that are producing quality graduates, constructed and dualised several roads linking seven local government areas as well as being connected to the national grid and also now has a functional airport where commercial flight operations commenced on August 19, 2021.

Describing the development of the state as steady, the governor thanked his predecessors for their developmental efforts, which his administration is building on, saying that it is a demonstration of the fact that “team work makes the dream work.”

Governor Diri also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to amend the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) in line with the desire of citizens of the Niger Delta.

He stressed that Bayelsa and the rest of the Niger Delta states needed to be fairly and equitably treated in the distribution of resources to bring about robust development of the region and country as a whole.

Daniel Alabrah
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
October 1, 2021

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Fashola Commends Diri On Infrastructure, Partnership With FG

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has praised Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, for his administration’s infrastructure development strides.

Mr. Fashola gave the commendation on Tuesday during his courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa, after inspecting federal projects in the state.

A press release by Governor Diri’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the Minister as having applauded the Bayelsa governor for his state’s collaborative efforts with the federal government on projects sited in the state.

His words: “Bayelsa has clearly shown it is an example for other states to emulate in fast-tracking partnership between the federal and state government on issues of development. And I commend you.

“We found out that the cost of building foundation in Bayelsa is actually the cost of completing the entire building in some other parts of the country.”

Fashola, who also lauded the Bayelsa helmsman on his intervention on the resolution of compensation issues for the Yenagoa-Kolo-Otuoke-Bayelsa Palm federal road, noted that it has enabled the contractor cover 10 kilometres out of the 20 kilometres dual carriageway.

“At the federal secretariat, I saw some noticeable progress have been made and we assure that help is on the way for the federal workers.”

The Minister said he was in the state on a facility tour of some federal project sites with a view to assessing their level of progress.

He highlighted the federal secretariat, National Housing Programme phase one at Elebele, the Yenagoa-Otuoke-Bayelsa Palm road, and a state project, AIT-Igbogene outer ring road, as projects visited.

While noting that the federal government allowed states to develop at their own pace, Fashola said refunds had been made to states on federal roads between 1999 and 2015.

According to him, the first tranche of N447.783 billion was shared among 24 states between 2018 and 2019 while the second tranche of N148.141billion was approved for five states between 2019 and 2020 with N38.4 billion allocated to Bayelsa.

In his remarks, Senator Douye Diri thanked the Minister for his prompt response to the Nembe-Brass road project by expressing his willingness to tackle the project through tax relief.

Senator Diri, who also called on one of the major partners of the project, Nigeria Agip Oil Company, to explore ways of collaborating with the Ministry of Works towards executing the project.

He said although Bayelsa is endowed with the longest coastline in the country, such areas remain inaccessible and this has also made response to security challenges difficult.

According to him, “Bayelsa state has the least federal kilometres of roads in Nigeria. However, let me appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for the infrastructure projects refund to the state. Let me however clarify that we received about N25billion instead of the N38.4 billion as the fund passed through the Debt Management Office and had to be discounted.”

Senator Diri noted that the Kolo road was conceived in the 1930s before the federal government awarded the contract in 2009 but that so far only 19.5 kilometre had been done with 33.5 kilometre left.

He therefore urged the federal government to partner with the state government in constructing critical roads to link the hinterlands as well as consider Bayelsa under a special scheme in view of its challenges of difficult terrain.

“We are the goose that lays the golden egg but we are ashamed considering the inventory of federal infrastructure in our state. We are prepared to put in our meagre resources to create the necessary infrastructure for our state,” he said.

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