Monday, 3 July 2017
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has reiterated his calls on the United States and others to invest in Bayelsa growing economy and assured them of his administration's support, especially in the provision of conducive environment.
The governor made the call on Tuesday, when he received in his office top officials of the United States Consulate General in Nigeria led by its Political and Economic section Chief ,Thomas Hines and Maria Davydeko.
While thanking the US diplomats for their visit, Governor Dickson expressed his administration's readiness to collaborate with local and foreign investors to grow the state economy.
According to him, it is only through such investments that job opportunities and wealth creation will be achieved to consolidate on the peace and stability of the state and the Niger Delta region.
The present administration, according to the governor has committed huge amounts of its revenue to infrastructural development and other sectors of the economy.
Governor Dickson disclosed that the state has been adjudged by local and foreign observers as one of the safest states in the Country, and, therefore, called on the international community to take advantage of this.
He, also called on the United States Embassy and others to review their travel advisories and encourage their entrepreneurs to invest in the state.
On the newly introduced Bayelsa State Health Insurance scheme, the governor disclosed that all public servants will contribute two percent of their salaries while political appointees will contribute more to the scheme with effect from June, 2017.
The governor who described the health facilities in the state as second ti none solicited support from all stakeholders to make the programme sustainable to bring into fruition his administration 's vision of building a healthy workforce.
His words, 'government alone cant do everything and so we need support, those who are in a position to donate facilities should do so. We are building hospital facilities never before. Every local government area has one and we are even going beyond that.
'I have said that by December, every political ward must have a functional health centre with accommodation facilities for doctors and midvives'
Earlier in his remarks, the Political and Economic Chief and Officer, US Embassy,. Mr. Thomas Hines described the Ijaw National Academy and African University as impressive investments that would stand the test of time.
Mr. Hines applauded the state government on its free compulsory education for the boarding students at the Ijaw National Academy.
He added that the security situation in the state and the Niger Delta as a whole has improved significantly.
Monday, 22 May 2017
Bayelsa govt, NDDC partner for infrastructural development, to complete Ogbia-Nembe road before December
The Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) on Thursday assured the people of Bayelsa state on the completion of Ogbia-Nembe road before the end of 2017, and expressed readiness to partner with the government in its efforts to transform the state.Leading the management team of the Commission on a courtesy visit to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, its Chairman, Senator Ndoma EgbaSaid the commission wants to establish a new relationship that will be built on togetherness and not competition with the government.He said the completion of Ogbia-Nembe road and other projects across the state are being accorded topmost priority by the present management.The chairman disclosed that since the commission was established some years back, it has embarked on 941 projects, out of which some were completed and commissioned, some are stalled while some are ongoing.Giving the breakdown of the NDDC projects in the state, the chairman said 228 projects are ongoing, contractors are yet to be mobilized to sites for 246 projects, 89 projects are stalled, 17 projects terminated, four have been taken over by the Bayelsa government, 233 projects completed and 124 projects commissioned.He said that the era of duplication of projects by the commission and the respective states government is over, stressing the need for a synergy.The new policy of the commission, according to the chairman is hinged on 4Rs that is Restore the commission, Restructure the balance sheet Reform the government system and Return to what is right, fair, and just.Responding, the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson lamented the slow pace of development in the region, particularly Bayelsa state, in spite of her contribution to the socio-economic development of the state.According to him, NDDC was established by law to fast track development of the region. Niger Delta is one of most exploited region. Bayelsa is the Houston of Africa not just Nigeria. Sixty-one years after discovery of crude oil in commercial quantity in Oloibiri, there is no road to Brass, Bonny and Forcadoes where there are oil terminals.Young men from the region now carry AK47 and struggle for surveillance contracts while other smile to the banks with proceeds from oil blocks that are ancestral property of the Niger Delta.He thanked the Federal government for creating different platforms, and called on all leaders to work towards greater patriotism and use the various offices presently occupied and change the system.He complained about some companies that come into the state and do as they please, submitting that such practice is no longer acceptable.He mentioned that propaganda should cease as it has over the years driven investors away.Governor Dickson thanked NDDC for pioneering the Ogbia –Nembe road , and the Sagbama- Ekeremor road, and assured the NDDC of the partnership between the NDDC and state.