The Bayelsa Government has assured indigenous newspaper publishers in the state of a robust partnership inorder to enable them effectively disseminate government’s policies and programmes to the grassroots.
The assurrance was given by the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Surv. Moses Teibowei when members of the Bayelsa State Independent Publishers Association (BIPA) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
According to Teibowei, the publishers owe the society a duty to use their medium to give effective as well as factual reportage of events and called on them to continue to extend the same support given to previous administrations to the Senator Diri-led prosperity government.
The commissioner bemaon a situation whereby the New Media is used to castigate and peddle falsehood against public office holders as he noted that the prosperity government is not averse to criticism but however said that genuine and constructive criticism will be welcomed to enable the government perform better in delivering the needed development to Bayelsans.
He said: ” You talked about partnership with the prosperity administration in terms of information dissemination to the grassroots. I know that the state government has a ministry that deals with that but however you noted that you have been partnering with previous administrations. So, your desire to continue doing the same with the prosperity administration to me is a welcomed development. I want to say a big thank you and to also open our arms to welcome you and partner in terms of information dissemination to the nooks and crannies of Bayelsa State.
” For the support you have given to the prosperity administration and the ministry of works and infrastructure. I still call on you to continue to give that support and to assure you that we will also work with you to support you to enable you function effectively.
” This ministry is ready to work with you to support you so that you pass genuine and true information to the public. What is common now is the New Media and we also have the radio phone-in programmes where people say all manner of things to castigate and insult not minding how those they are insulting feel. But as public officers, it is expected that we will be criticized but as the Governor rightly mentioned we are ready for true and geniune criticism. so that we look at the criticism, take the genuine once and make amends because ours is to the serve the public in line with the vision of the prosperity administration to do what is right for the people.”
Teibowei while enumerating the various developmental landmark projects embarked upon by the prosperity administration, noted that government have commenced the construction of the Glory Drive road project stalled for over eight years because of litigations, the contractor for the Sagbama-Ekeremor road has been mobilised back to site including the Yenagoa-Oporoma road which asphalt laying from Igeibiri to Agoibiri is expected in the next two weeks and the construction of the bridge at Silver River to start the clearing of the remaining part of the road to link Angiama.
According to him, the Unity bridge project at Nembe is ongoing and promised that in the next three months the bridge would have been completed, stating further that Imiringi bridge stalled for over four years has been completed by the government.
Mindful of the bad state of internal roads in Yenagoa metropolis and the need to give them a facelift, the administration has commenced the rehabilitation of dilapidated internal roads to ease movement within the city, adding funds have been set aside for the award of contract for the construction of more internals roads for easy accessibility.
Teibowei hinted that the occasional gridlocks experienced at the Etegwe-Tombia roundabout is as a result of illegal tradering and transport activities, assurring when construction work at the roundabout is completed Bayelsans will begin to appreciate the work done by the government.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Independent Publishers Association (BIPA), Francis Dufugha said despite the flurry of court cases against the prosperity administration, it has been able to embark on landmark human and Infrastructural projects, adding that this has rekindled the people confidence as can be observed in the cross carpeting currently going on.
Dufugha commended the Diri led prosperity government for ensuring that contractors for the senatorial roads return to site, the improvement at the Etegwe-Tombia roundabout which has not only added to the aesthetics of the city but has brought sanity and the resurfacing of pot holes and failed sections of internal roads, emphasizeing that these projects have made life easier and improved business activities in the state.
The Chairman of BIPA while soliciting for partnership with the prosperity administration and the ministry of works in its developmental efforts, however noted that previous synergy with successive commissioners of the ministry have been successful and sued for a continuous harmonious working relationship.