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Bayelsa government charges companies on local content policy

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Bayelsa State Government has again reminded corporate organizations operating in the state of the need to honour the local content policy in the execution of projects.

Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the charge yesterday at a meeting with Epie Youths and Lubrics Construction Company in Government House, Yenagoa.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Doubara Atasi, he said most of the challenges militating against the smooth execution of projects could be avoided, if the companies operating in the state adhered to the local content policy.

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He also noted that the good intentions of government may not materialize if all parties involved fail to harmonise their interests for development and prosperity.

Ewhrudjakpo asserted that the role of local content must be clearly negotiated, particularly in the area of youth engagement in the implementation of government projects.

To this end, a five-Member Committee headed by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor’s Office, Alex Dumbo, was constituted to review the demands of Epie Youths.

Other members of the Committee are, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, his Youth and Sports counterpart, Daniel Ig
ali, the Governor’s Technical Adviser on Conflicts Resolution, Chief Boma Spero-Jack and his Special Duties counterpart, Perekeme Richard.

Speaking, representative of Yenagoa Constituency 1 in the state House of Assembly, Oforji Oboku, urged both parties to bridge the communication gap between them for a better working relationship.

Stressing the need to embrace peace, Oboku cautioned the company against playing hide and seek game with its host communities, as it could be counter-productive.

Responding, Teibowei, pointed out that his ministry had always liaised with leadership of the Igbogene Community before taking any decision on youth engagement.

On his part, Site Manager of Lubrik Construction Company, Hadi Chehade alongside the Project Engineer, Ralph Jreij, disclosed that 85 per cent of the workers engaged in the project were from the communities.

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