September 27, 2023

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Diri To Ogbia People: I’ll Continue To Work For You

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“We cannot continue to have criminals taking over our communities or using our communities to perpetrate crime. The moment you see your son or daughter drifting towards crime, it is your duty to check them.


“If they refuse, it is also your duty to report to the appropriate authorities. If you condone them with the belief that they are your children, one day you will be held responsible.”

These were the words of the Bayelsa State governor, Senator Douye Diri when he received chiefs and elders of Ogbia kingdom who visited him to express their appreciation for all the projects undertaken by the governor in their domain.

The governor said he owed the people of Ogbia and those in other parts of the state the continued delivery of quality projects. He said even though road projects were much more expensive in the state, compared to what obtained in other parts of the country, he would continue to utilise resources in that direction, as long as the people are happy.


“For us as a state, our needs are different from that of others. What we spend here to construct a bridge is different from what is spent in other places to construct a similar bridge. But we are happy that by doing these projects, we are touching the lives of our people and changing the narrative about our state.”


Paramount ruler, the Obanobhan III, King Dumaro Charles Owaba, during the visit, had praised Diri for his commitment towards the development of the local government.


In an address presented by his legal adviser, Mr. Ernest Omiloli, the monarch said they were highly impressed with the governor for promoting good governance in the state.


He noted that the Ogbia people were particularly pleased with Senator Diri and his team for their passion in tackling issues of development as evident in infrastructure provision and other projects across the state.


He listed the achievements of the present administration in Ogbia kingdom to include construction and commissioning of the bridge and an adjoining road at Imiringi, construction of three important bridges and rehabilitation of Elebele community access road and construction of a psychiatric hospital at Ogbia town.


Other projects include rehabilitation of the Otuoke-Onuebum road and construction of a pavilion at Ogbia town.


They also expressed gratitude to the governor for actively participating in the 15th memorial celebration of the late sage, Chief Melford Okilo, the first civilian governor of old Rivers State as well as appointment of their sons and daughters into his government.


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