Preye Jonathan in Bayelsa
Bayelsa Caucus of the National Assembly has restated its commitment to
collaborate with the Dickson-led administration to attract various
development projects and programmes to the state.
Chairman of the Caucus, Senator Foster Ogola stated this on Monday,
when he led members to pay a solidarity visit to Governor Seriake
Dickson in Government House, Yenagoa.
Congratulating Governor Dickson on his victory at the Supreme Court
over his re-election, Senator Ogola commended the Judiciary for living
up to its reputation as the bastion of hope for the protection of the
fundamental human rights of the citizenry and the nation’s democracy.
He described the present administration of the state, as
development-oriented, noting that, the recent victory has proved
beyond reasonable doubt, that Bayelsans voted massively for the
Peoples Democratic Party, in view of Governor Dickson’s landmark
achievements in his first tenure.
According to him, the caucus will do everything within its reach to
support the restoration government in actualizing its vision in all
spheres of development to take Bayelsa to the next level.
Responding, Governor Seriake Dickson expressed gratitude to the caucus
for their show of solidarity and the various roles they played during
and after the elections, culminating in his serial victory in the
Governor Dickson, who said the victory was a collective one for
Bayelsans and the entire Ijaw nation, called on all to key into the
development agenda of the state government, towards ensuring peace,
stability and prosperity.
While lauding the chairman and members of the Caucus for their
effective representation of the state, the Governor noted that, their
contributions and motions on the floor of the National Assembly have
given Bayelsa a voice at the centre.
In an interview with Government House correspondents, Senator Ben
Murray Bruce (Bayelsa East), Hon. Douye Diri, (Yenagoa/Kolokuma
Opokuma Federal Constituency) and Hon. Sodaguo Festus-Omoni, (Ogbia)
called on members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to join
forces with the restoration government in the development of the
Senator Murray-Bruce, who is the Chairman of the senate committee on
Privatization, highlighted efforts aimed at tackling infrastructural
deficit in the state in the areas of power and water supply, as well
as healthcare delivery to improve the welfare of the people.
He explained that, he was proposing an Alternative Energy Bill to
address the power supply challenges, noting that, efforts are on, to
power about 150,000 homes annually across the country.
Also in his contribution, Hon. Douye Diri called on the Federal
Government to carry Bayelsa along in its policies and programmes in
the agricultural sector, to ensure food security in the light of the
environmental degradation arising from crude oil production in the