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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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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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Gulf of Guinea: Insecurity a Serious Challenge, Says Gov Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed worry over the insecurity occasioned by sea piracy, drugs, human trafficking and other criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea. 

Governor Diri stated this on Tuesday at a United Nations-backed workshop on combating piracy and maritme insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

He spoke during the opening ceremonies of a three-day programme at the Chief Harold Dappa Biriye Conference Centre in Yenagoa.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as decrying the level of insecurity in the gulf, noting that the maritime industry was the backbone to the global economy and that no effort should be spared in tackling the menace.

He appreciated the initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb the menace, saying that his administration would support the body to actualise the goals of the project. 

The governor also expressed the readiness to host the Gulf of Guinea Security Conference in collaboration with major stakeholders in order to unravel the root causes and design a regional approach to combat the scourge.

He said: “The malady might be preponderant in the Gulf of Guinea but it is equally a crisis of global dimension. Sadly, sea piracy is not the only security threat undermining us at sea and along our waterways. It has also focused spotlights on wider complications of maritime insecurity such as trafficking and smuggling of humans, weapons, narcotics and unregulated and illegal fishing.

“Bayelsa State is prepared to provide leadership and embrace international best practices to fight and prevent crime. I have no doubt that this project would be fundamentally beneficial to our people and state. We have traditional ties, through trade, religion, culture and ethnicity across the subregion, and this creates a platform for our modern security collaboration.”

He equally called on the United Nations, its agencies and partners to support his administration to empower the youths for development opportunities and make crime induced by drug abuse less attractive.

Diri also stated that to create an enabling environment to attract investors, his administration was rejigging the security architecture of the state and the enabling laws through collaboration with relevant security agencies. 

The Bayelsa helmsman also called on the federal government to ensure equity in the allocation of resources to bring about peace as a lot of evidence show that there was disquiet in the Niger Delta due to frustration resulting from unsatisfactory unequal allocation of the resources from the region.

In his opening remarks, the United Nations Country Director on Drugs and Crime, Dr Oliver Stolpe, revealed that the Gulf of Guinea was the most dangerous maritime area in the world with 25 sea piracy attacks in 2020.

Describing the rate of drug use in Nigeria as three times higher than the global average, Dr Stolpe noted that effective fight against insecurity can only be attainable if drug use was effectively controlled. 

While appreciating the Diri administration for the initiative, he said it would enable local communities to put strategies and interventions in place to prevent crime and on stakeholders to leverage on the community-based approach to address drug use and prevention. 

According to Stolpes, the programme, which is a pilot initiative to test approaches, expressed the hope that it would be effective for other states to emulate and attract support from federal government and international bodies.

Participants at the three-day programme are traditional rulers, top government functionaries and civil society groups from Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states that are part of the Gulf of Guinea area.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor 
September 21, 2021

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Chinese Firm to Establish Smart Metering Plant In Bayelsa

A Chinese high-tech company, Clou, and its Nigerian partners, Jumbo Goois Global Services, are set to establish a smart prepaid metering   assembly factory in Bayelsa State.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jumbo Goois Global Services, Mr. Timipre Ogoibiri, who led the delegation, disclosed this in Government House, Yenagoa, during a presentation to Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday.
Presenting the company’s plan for the proposed project, the Head of Operations, Dr. Chris Osazuwa, said the specification of the meters were unique and would meet the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) standard.

Dr. Osazuwa said the prepaid meter was designed to function remotely, where a token can recharge the device from any location.

He also stated that the project was capable of engaging 1000 engineering and non-engineering graduates.
While requesting for the state government to provide the enabling environment for the project, he commended Governor Diri for the level of security witnessed in the state.
He said: “At the moment, the specification of the prepaid meter we are going to be producing for Bayelsa, only that of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company is close to it.

“What we have designed is similar to the type in Ghana. It is capable of blocking any revenue leakages and these meters can communicate remotely. It means you can vend from your smartphone wherever you are and it recharges.
“Our first order is about 1500 of both single and three-phase prepaid meters. That would give us the opportunity to come and build an assembling plant here.

“Bayelsans would be employed. About 1000 youths, engineering and non-engineering graduates. What we are asking for is just the enabling environment.

“There is a whole lot that this meter can do. The first phase is pre-installation. Meaning we are going to engage about 500 youths to carry out enumeration of houses that would be keyed into the server.” 
Responding, Governor Douye Diri said  his government had opened its doors to development and investment partners.

He expressed the optimism that the partnership would bring a turning point in power as well as the economy of the state.
Recalling his administration’s recent agreement with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on power consumption, Governor Diri noted that electricity was not free.
He emphasised that the only way 24-hour electricity can be sustained was for consumers to pay for their consumption. 

He called on Bayelsans that yearn for 24-hour power supply to brace up for payment of electricity bills.
His words: “We welcome you because we have opened our doors and our state for investments with our two arms. We believe this will be a turning point in power and the economy of our state.

“I recall that just a week ago we signed a power purchase and consumption agreement with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board. And I made it clear that electricity is not free. The only way we can sustain power for 24 hours is for its consumption to be paid for.”

Diri frowned on the controversy over estimated billing, which he said over the years had caused friction between consumers and distributors of power.
He called on the company not to join in producing over-estimated meters but give the state a product that would give value for money.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary
to Bayelsa State Governor 
September 14, 2021

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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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