Category: Federal Collaboration

Bayelsa Seeks UN Assistance On Environmental Challenges

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called for urgent remediation of the state’s environment following years of degradation and neglect.

Governor Diri made the call on Tuesday night at a state banquet in honour of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, in Yenagoa.

The governor decried the hardship suffered by the people due to the exploration activities of oil multinationals, which he said had destroyed the state’s ecosystem.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted Governor Diri as drawing the attention of the international community to the injustice and environmental despoliation of the land that has fed the nation economically.

He said despite measures by the federal government in addressing the issue, they only amounted to nothing due to insincerity and lack of political will.
His words: “I like to place on record that our environment that has been raped and degraded over the years is seeking remediation.

“The previous administration, as a result of the level of degradation, decided to set up an environmental commission headed by the immediate past  Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. Its report is yet to be fully addressed. We have some part of it and we believe that it would bring to limelight what the people of Bayelsa have suffered, particularly in the hands of oil exploitation and exploring companies.

“Our environment, particularly our water resources, are heavily polluted. Our economic activities have been crippled over the years because of the same reason and even when the federal government has taken some measures to address this, they are more like a slap on the wrist.”

He expressed the hope that the state’s partnership with the UN would address most of the issues highlighted and usher in sustainable development to the state.

Speaking earlier, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, commended Governor Diri for stabilising and ensuring peace and security in the state, stating that there is no development without peace.
Mr. Kallon emphasised that peace and development were only possible when strong institutions drive development.
The UN coordinator also noted that the international body was not unaware of the injustice meted out to and the exploitation of the Niger Delta people and their environment.

Highpoint of the event was the honouring and decoration of Diri, his wife, Dr. Gloria, and the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champions. 

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor 
September 8, 2021

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Federal Agencies Seek Bayelsa Govt’s Collaboration On Uncompleted Secretariat Project

Federal Government parastatals in Bayelsa State have solicited the cooperation of the state government in order to ease their office accommodation challenge. 
Heads of the federal agencies made the request on Tuesday in Government House, Yenagoa, during a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri. 

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a press release, quoted Chairman of the Association of Heads of Federal Parastatals, Mr. Obaro Ologbo, as saying that the visit was to seek the governor’s intervention towards completing the federal secretariat in the state, which he said was 80 per cent completed. 

Ologbo lamented the difficulty faced by federal parastatals, which, according to him, are struggling to pay rents.
He appealed to Governor Diri to do all within his power to see that the secretariat project was completed. 
Ologbo lauded the governor’s developmental strides since he assumed office 18 months ago and pledged that the federal parastatals in the state would continue to support his administration.
Responding, Governor Douye Diri expressed the readiness of his administration to partner federal agencies in the state.  

The governor noted that the importance of collaboration between both parties cannot be over-emphasised as it would contribute to development of the state. 
While appreciating heads of the federal parastatals for the visit, he said it would open a new vista of opportunities for both the state and the federal agencies. 

On the request for his intervention on the federal secretariat project, Diri  promised to engage the Minister of Works and Housing on their behalf, expressing the optimism that the edifice would be completed and handed over to them. 
His words: “Firstly, I appreciate the way you see yourselves as Bayelsans. Listening to you, I do not think there is any difference between you and actual Bayelsans.

“There must be a synergy between you and the state government. It would be a misnormer if it does not exist. Your coming would open a new vista of opportunities for the state and federal agencies to collaborate for progress.
“I assure you that I will take it up with the Minister of Works and Housing. We are sure the Federal Government would listen to us and ensure the federal secretariat is completed and handed over to you.

“Whenever and wherever you need our support, do not hesitate. We will support you to make sure our state is developed.”

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