Hails media’s partnership
The Bayelea State Governor Senator Duoye Diri has said that inspite the daunting challenges faced by his administration in the past one year it has done credibly well in delivering his promises to Bayelsans.
Diri noted that the prosperity government has been able to achieve the elusive peace, security and stability since assumption of office and regretted the unfortunate incident in Nembe that claimed lives, saying that some level of peace as well as stability have been achieved and pledged to ensure that the peace is restored.
The Governor who stated this while interacting with media practitioners in Yenagoa, urged Bayelsans at all times to preach peace, exude love and accommodate one another for development and progress to thrive.
He therefore called on the media for a more robust partnership and collaboration in process of building peace and create the enabling environment for enhanced security and growth.
He said: ” You are aware that since we assumed office there is some level of peace, some level of security and stability in Bayelsa State. Since we came we have been able to explore all avenues to ensure that we bring back peace to Nembe.
” And so, we still count on you going forward to ensure that this peace that we have been able to achieve, this security that we have been able to achieve in our dear state, we are going to build on it.
” As journalists it is our plea that working with you, collaborating with you and partnering with you, we should be able to build the peace we have achieved in Bayelsa State. And the only way to do that is to continue to exude love, continue to ameliorate and mend fences when necessary, to continue to accommodate each other and that is the only way we can grow as a state.”
Senator Diri while recounting his administration’s successes thus far said the prosperity government anchored it developmental agenda on agriculture, small and medium scale enterprise in the firm believe that doing so will put the local economy of the state in the hands of Bayelsans.
Mindful of the need to diversify the economy of the state, government came up with the DiriBoost scheme in order reduce the overdependency of the people on government to enable them own viable business ventures for the needed prosperity.
On agriculture, the governor disclosed that the state House of Assembly has approved for the state government two agricultural loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria at a single digit interest rate to empower Bayelsa farmers.
Stating further, he said the government had already accessed the N3b agricultural credit facility as the other N8b is yet to be accessed and allayed the fears being expressed by Bayelsans that the loans is secured for the government but rather for Bayelsa farmers as other states are already benefiting.
Diri while enumerating the projects embarked upon by the administration said that the contractors for the West and Central district roads have been mobilised to site, adding that the Yenagoa-Oporoma federal road started by the immediate past administration had been reviewed upwards to N27b, including linking a bridge to Oporoma headquarters of Southern Ijaw LGA.
According to him, his administration had also released N1b for the on-going rehabilitation of internal roads in Yenagoa city as well as re-awarding the contract for the construction of Phase 2 of Gloryland Drive Road from the Ecumenical Center in Igbogene axis to Tombia roundabout.
Responding to the request presented by the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Diri directed that works and infrastructure commissioner to inspect the Earnest Ikoli Press Centre with a view to giving it the desired repairs.
While commending media practitioners in the state for the support and the positive reportage given to his administration, he directed that media personnel be benefiaries of the DiriBoost scheme.
The governor also approved the payment of weigh-in arrears for NUJ members and directed the commissioner for information to bring it to his attention.
Earlier in his remarks, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ,), Comrade Samuel Numonengi draw the governor’s attention to the welfare of Journalists in the state.
He hailed the governor for appointing media practitioners into his cabinet and stressed the need to support media workers with basic journalism training.
Also speaking on behalf of both the Bayelea Independent Publishers Association (BIPA) and the Bayelea Federated Newspapers Publishers Association, (BAFENPA,) Mr. Francis ,Dufugha urged the governor to revaitalize the printing press and restore the monthly stipend for members.