Governor Diri’s era of positive revolution and fulfilment of 40 years dream

By Esumai Ambros

The present administration of Senator Douye Diri in Bayelsa State is building on the dreams and aspirations of the founding fathers in the area of meaningful planning, development and investments, irrespective of class or party affiliations.

In less than two years, Governor Douye Diri’s gradual and sure style of administration has brought into governance, transparency, accountability and equitable distribution of wealth.

This has propelled the construction of roads and other physical infrastructures across the length and breadth of the State.

Bayelsa, which hitherto was referred to as forest capital, has become the hub of development, peace and security. It has led to a silent revolution in the area of infrastructure, sports development, health and educational facilities and, above all, the desired investment destination for corporate and Government institutions.

Already, the people of the State, particularly those in the opposition party, have become enchanted by the huge successes recorded by the Prosperity administration to open Bayelsa to the nation’s business community and the world through steady and focused investment profiling and transparency.

Unlike in the past, the steady rise of the investment profile of the State under Governor Douye Diri can easily be accessed through available devices. Some of the most visible attractions of the Prosperity Government include the ongoing construction of the Sagbama-Ekeremor road, Yenagoa-Oporoma road, the ongoing Igbedi road, the completion of Nembe Unity bridge, completion of the Isaac Boro Expressway, redesign and beautification of Edepie/Etegwe roundabout, the Igbogene/Elebele/AIT Oring ring road and the commissioning of the mega International Airport, just to mention but a few.

Despite the temptations among political leaders, if anyone decides to use the legacies of the Prosperity government as an index to measure the commitment of Senator Douye Diri to developing Bayelsa State, one might not be able to identify the senatorial district he hails from because projects are evenly distributed across all the three senatorial districts.

The Prosperity Team has transformed lives and empowered a good number of farmers, market men and women, students, youths, including the equitable distribution of loans and grants to activate the short and medium-term economic activities in the state. Many Youths are being handed free training on entrepreneurial skills to mop up unemployment in the labour market and reduce crime and criminality in the state.

The governor takes actions that are unpopular among political office holders by personally inspecting ongoing projects across the State.

Speaking on the said project, the Governor said that: “The company handling the Yenagoa-Oporoma road, China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation, is doing well and keeping to the terms of the contract. We are all impressed by the ongoing job.

“But we won’t stop there as there are several communities beyond Oporoma. Our first target is to get to the headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. The same way we are working tirelessly to get to the headquarters of Ekeremor Local Government Area.”

Senator Diri also asserted that all other ongoing construction work, especially the three senatorial roads, are his priority projects and would go the extra mile to partner with multinational companies in actualising them.

“So far, of the three senatorial roads, work is going on speedily in the West and Central districts but yet to commence in the East. The reason is known by all of us but as a government, we want to start something there.

“We have done our best to involve the international oil companies there, particularly the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, and the Federal Government. But if the responses do not come as expected, I think we still have some surprises there.”

The governor is excited that a number of the ongoing projects would be ready before the second anniversary of the current administration.

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