Bayelsa ready for business spiritually, physically, says Diri
• Dedicates award to citizens
Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has said his government has opened up the state infrastructurally, spiritually and physically to attract investors from around the world.
The governor spoke shortly after receiving the Independent Newspaper’s Governor of the Year 2021 Award, saying the award would spur him to serve his state and the country better.
He equally dedicated the award to the people of the state and his administration team.
The governor, who was recognised as the best in the Good Governance and Responsive Leadership category, received the award at an event held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on Saturday night.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Sunday, Diri appreciated the media organisation for the recognition, noting that he was delighted that his silent and modest achievements were recognised by the newspaper.
Describing Bayelsa as a hub of oil and gas activities in Nigeria, Diri said an enabling environment had been created for investors in various sectors in the state.
He said: “To us, this is a further call to duty. To whom much is given, much is expected. So for us, in the face of dwindling resources, the much that we can muster will be able to impact on the lives and environment of our state.
“Bayelsa is relatively one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria. It is the hub of oil and gas activities.
“I can assure you that Bayelsa is prepared to host the world. The state now has an airport, which is operational, with two airlines flying to Bayelsa on daily basis from Lagos and Abuja. So, the state is open business-wise.
We call on investors that Bayelsa is open infrastructurally, spiritually and physically.”
In his opening remarks, Managing Director of Independent Newspaper Limited, Mr. Steve Omanufeme, stated that the 2021 awards focused on people with outstanding performance in their various fields.
He noted that the awards were to show appreciation to the recipients and expressed the optimism that the gesture would motivate them to do more for society.
Governors, who also received awards in different categories, were Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Dr. Samuel Ortom (Benue) and their Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde.
Other notable recipients were the Ijaw nation leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Minister of Transportation, Chief Chibuike Amaechi, his Niger Delta Ministry counterpart, Godswill Akpabio and the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Airline, Chief Allen Onyema, among others.”