Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has said his administration has done creditably well one year after assuming office despite the challenges it faced.
Diri, at an interactive session with reporters in Yenagoa, recounted his stewardship in one year, a statement by his media aide, Daniel Alabrah, said on Thursday.
The governor enumerated a number of projects being executed by his administration, and lauded the media for the objective reportage of his administration’s activities.
Diri said he has mobilised contractors to resume work on roads in the West and Central Senatorial districts. According to him, contract for the federal Yenagoa-Oporoma road, started by his predecessor, was reviewed upwards to about N27 billion, including construction of a bridge to link the road to Oporoma in the central flank of the state.
According to the governor, N1 billion was released for the ongoing rehabilitation of all internal roads in Yenagoa, as well as re-awarding of the contract for construction of Phase 2 of the Gloryland Drive road from the Ecumenical Centre in Igbogene to link Amassoma road.
The governor, who lauded reporters for their support for his administration, also directed that the DiriBoost scheme be extended to media personnel.
He added that his government was developing a blueprint on agriculture and small and medium scale enterprises as part of efforts to empower Bayelsans to take charge of the local economy.
To this end, he said the House of Assembly has given approval for the government to secure two agricultural loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with minimal interest rate to empower farmers.
He said the government has accessed N3 billion agricultural credit facility from the CBN while another N8 billion was being awaited.
Diri said: “We didn’t go for those loans for the government, but in the interest of our farmers so that our people will also be beneficiaries of these facilities that other states had accessed far more than we have.”
Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Comrade Samuel Numunengi sought the governor’s attention on welfare issues for journalists. He stressed the need for government to support media workers for basic journalism training.