By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri has said his administration this year will diversify the state’s economy away from total dependence on revenue from the monthly oil allocation and create more jobs to engage youth.
The governor, in his New Year’s message, labeled “Message of Hope and Prosperity,” also promised to raise the state’s internally generated revenue profile in 2021.
Chief Press Secretary Daniel Alabrah, in a press release, quoted Governor Diri as urging Bayelsans to partner with his government to create an enabling environment that would attract investors and tourists to the state.
His words: “In this new year, as a result of the well-conceived policies and estimates contained in the already approved 2021“ Growth Budget ”, we hope to witness accelerated development and progress in all strata of our lives, and all this the same.
“We will diversify our economy, create sustainable jobs to engage our youth, and explore alternative sources to improve our internally generated income. If we look inward, the outbreaks of change that have opened since we took office will begin to bear fruit.
“With your partnership, we will create an enabling environment that will attract investors and tourists and allow our people to participate in prosperity for all. We face many obstacles, but we are an indomitable people. It is our prayer that God will grant us wisdom, favor, and knowledge of hidden treasures so that this will be possible in time.
“In 2021, we will consolidate existing programs and expand our activities to provide relief to more of our citizens.”
The governor listed some of his administration’s quick-success interventions to include the DiriBoost training and empowerment scheme for youth to become labor employers, as well as focusing on the agriculture sector to boost his economic diversification program.
He added that the government would start construction of the 22km outer ring road project in Yenagoa in January and embark on the repair and maintenance of 50 internal roads in the Yenagoa metropolis along with other projects.
Urging people to be courageous, he said that the past year was dynamic, turbulent and challenging, but that they must be determined to develop the state to make their founding fathers’ dream of a prosperous Bayelsa that is truly Glory come true. of all the Earths. .
“As a government, we will continue to make responsible decisions and make tough decisions that will enhance our pursuit of a prosperous state. We realize that the decisions we make today have far-reaching implications for generations yet to be born. It is a responsibility that we assume with great conscience. Therefore, we cannot afford to abdicate our duty. “
He expressed his appreciation to the citizens of the state for their solidarity and support of his Prosperity Administration and promised to work hard to justify his trust.
“Despite all the odds against us, we have moved forward and taken many important steps that have made a huge difference.
For example, the proactive actions we initiated have realized the peace and security that we have enjoyed throughout the course of 2020. It has not only ensured the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes, as in the case of Nembe. . community, but also made it conducive to the holding of free, fair and credible by-elections in the central and western senatorial areas.
“We are also proud of the interventions we made in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that ensured that our state had one of the fewest casualties and fatalities in the country. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard. It goes without saying that the fight against this invisible enemy is far from over. I implore you to remain vigilant until we conquer this enemy. “