Implementing the Restoration Agenda of the last administration of Bayelsa state has an outstanding issues newly sworn-in Governor has said .
Senator Douye Diri during a state-wide broadcast on Thursday said he acknowledged outstanding issues arising from the implementation of his predecessor’s policies, which he was a part of, but expressed his determination to accommodate fresh perspectives for the good of Bayelsa.
A statement by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as stressing the need to make life more meaningful by creating an enabling environment that would engender economic activities and provide employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state.
His words: “We recognize that there are outstanding issues from the implementation of the Restoration agenda, of which I am a principal proponent and participant.
“As in every family, their will always be reasons to disagree. There may be those who feel that some things could have been done better or differently. As humans we remain fallible.
“Let us put past grievances behind us. Let us appreciate that governance is a continuum and as the dynamics change, we will accommodate fresh perspectives. The important thing is to continue to find reason to agree and work together for the good of Bayelsa.”
According to Governor Diri, the time had come for all Bayelsans to join hands with his administration to frontally address the myriad of challenges the people face, including poverty and ignorance.
He said such setbacks do not discriminate on the basis of gender, political party, religion and age as no one is immune from their adverse impact.
“This is not the time to cloak ourselves in party colours. The work at hand is far too urgent and important for us to be so distracted.
“Our common challenges including poverty and ignorance, do not discriminate on the basis of gender, party, religion and age. No one can be immune from the adverse implication of their impact. Therefore, our response must be calculated, coherent and united.”
“So, we extend a hand of fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive-minded individuals to join hands with us to consolidate the building of the Bayelsa of our dreams; a place we can all be proud to call home.
“We also send a strong message of solidarity to Bayelsans in the diaspora: the future is brighter.”
Governor Diri condemned the recent attack on the Justices of the Supreme Court, particularly the attack on Justice Mary Odili, in the discharge of their constitutional functions.
Describing the attack as sponsored and a desecration of a national institution, the governor saluted the courageous the Apex Court justices in their quest to uphold democratic principles.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not yielding to the pressure to interfere with the legal process as well as his legal team for putting up a sterling performance.