AMY Carmichael wrote: “To will what God wills brings peace”. The emergence of Senator Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State might be stated to be divinely orchestrated. When it appeared like all hope was misplaced, like a flash the Supreme Court of the land dominated in his favour. His unlikely swearing-in as governor to steer the affairs of the state within the coming 4 years might be likened to the proverbial snatching of victory from the jaws of defeat. His assumption of workplace got here with twist and turns because it was removed from rosy. He was confronted with the dilemma on how finest to deal with the COVID-19 illness which has positioned your entire world in a difficult state of affairs given the attendant destructive human, financial, enterprise and business affect being felt globally. Secondly, the inevitable discount of federal allocation stared him within the face because of this of the drastic drop in crude oil costs. Bayelsa, an oil-dependent economic system, has been making an attempt to navigate via the uncertainties.
This is certainly a making an attempt time for our nation. It can also be a interval that has uncovered the calibre of leaders elected into public workplace. Governor Diri has proven true exemplary management that defines him as a principled visionary. His glittering political background has additionally outfitted him for such a dire state of affairs as we’re confronted with.
He is a person outfitted for a day of adversity Agu Osmond in 2013 opined that no establishment of the dimensions of the smallest public organisation can prosper with out value management, minimisation of bills, blockage of income leakages and management of fraud, excesses and abuses, monetary impropriety, extravagancies within the discharge of its duties. In a bid to cut back extreme authorities spending and allocations, Governor Diri took the daring initiative to cut back the fee of governance by 50 per cent p.c.
This is as a result of, COVID-19 introduced tough occasions economically as all nations of the world, together with the tremendous powers, are grappling with the impact of the outbreak, in addition to the uncertainty on how to sort out the ripple impact on the economic system. Another clever measure put in place in reducing down the fee of governance, is the discount in quantity of ministries. This reform is aimed toward repositioning the service to make it extra result-oriented, block wastages and leakages within the system and likewise create room for professionalism by collating and updating dependable information that can kind the data of public service which have been in existence throughout the previous administration. The Pension act is one other laudable achievement the state has witnessed because the inception of Governor Diri.
The unpaid gratuities of pensioners within the state which was lengthy overdue was cleared. In his phrases: “Senior residents deserve to take pleasure in what they’ve laboured for of their working years,” therefore, N250 million was launched to offset half of the debt, which spanned over 12 years. In this new scheme, the primary batch of retirees to receives a commission commenced from ranges 1-12, whereas the senior stage will comply with go well with. The initiative to deal with the pension downside will to a big extent present a long-lasting answer to the lengthy points of delayed and non-payment of pensioners’ gratuity. Civil servants welfare is one other main landmark achievement of the federal government underneath the management of Governor Diri. Cognizant of the function money flows in financial growth, salaries of staff are paid on the 28th day of each month.
He has additional echoed his dedication to higher the welfare of civil servants, making an allowance for the essential function the workforce performs within the success of any administration. With the present financial state of affairs, it’s crucial to take into the account the essential want to enhance the advantages and welfare packages of civil servants. This will in no small means enhance their morale and mitigate the impact of the cruel financial situation. The ensuing affect will probably be improved productiveness. Furthermore, as half of effort to speed up the socio-economic development of the state, Governor Diri signed into regulation three payments handed by the House of Assembly.
They are: Public Procurement Amendment Bill, Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Bill and Debt Management Office Bill. The essence of the general public procurement modification invoice is to verify excesses of these charged with the accountability of procurement in authorities’s ministries, division and businesses. Access to electrical energy can also be essential for financial growth and prosperity. Many financial actions of individuals revolve across the use of electrical energy. It performs an important function from manufacturing of items to distribution. It additionally makes the social life of man simpler and extra fascinating. As a matter of reality, the significance of the business can’t be overemphasised. Over the years fixed energy provide has solely been however a dream. Instead energy blackout has remained a continuing nightmare for residents. In a bid to deal with the issue of insufficient electrical energy provide within the state and supply an enabling infrastructural setting for companies to thrive, authorities partnered with the administration of Port Harcourt Power Holding Company for an uninterrupted electrical energy provide. This is a serious milestone as electrical energy has improved considerably.
The ripple results will lead to the creation of extra jobs and strengthen the state’s economic system. Another various technique underway to enhance energy provide within the state is the use of photo voltaic. The solar-based power can contribute to the discount of value in producing and distributing electrical energy, particularly when it’s finished on massive scale. Solar energy might be related to Bayelsa electrical energy grid, or higher nonetheless run off the grid. The initiative by Governor Diri after implementation will make the use of photo voltaic essentially the most sensible choice in enhancing entry to steady electrical energy throughout the state. The speedy unfold of COVID-19 and lack of accepted clinically examined and accepted antiviral medicine or vaccines lively towards the illness has continued to pose huge well being, financial, environmental and social challenges to your entire inhabitants. For now, nations of the world have continued to battle the transmission of this illness by testing and tracing sufferers, quarantining suspected individuals via contact tracing, proscribing massive public gatherings and sustaining lockdowns. Diri has proven laudable dedication in the way in which it has dealt with the state of affairs in Bayelsa State. This was even earlier than the primary index case was recorded within the state.
He commissioned the newly constructed mom and little one referral constructing to an 80-bed seater isolation centre aside from the Niger Delta educating hospital to fight the pandemic. Another measure he put in place to curtail the unfold is to order the closure of the interstate borders and maritime area of the state whereas observing a partial lockdown the state. Although, there have been a couple of exemptions on the restriction of motion, to embody, meals stuffs markets, supermarkets, petrol and fuel stations, prescribed drugs in addition to autos conveying foodstuff and different important gadgets People had been additional inspired to observe social distancing and use hand sanitizers in public locations. He equally directed the state-owned International Institute of Hospitality and Tourism to strategize on modalities to produce face masks in massive portions that will probably be distributed to members of the general public. As it was required for a face masks to be worn. His phrases: ‘’On the obligatory use of face masks directive countrywide, we should all now placed on a face masks for our personal well being and security. we’ve the choice of a material face masks or the surgical masks.
Then once more, different stringent measures he put in place to curb the additional unfold of the virus is the ban of public gatherings. All social gathering, together with weddings and funerals, remained restricted. He went forward to problem a word of warning to defaulters that the total weight of the regulation can be introduced on anybody who refuses to adjust to the directives. His phrases: ‘’ Let me warning that if we aren’t utilizing the devices of coercion, it doesn’t imply that we can not implement the principles. But, what we doing is for our safety. So don’t provoke safety and well being personnel and all different authorities officers whose accountability it’s to implement the Executive order signed by the president and the governor for the security and well being of our state’’. He carried out to the letter President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on the imposition of a nationwide curfew from 8pm-6am Consequently, so as to regulate costs and keep away from commodity hike by merchants.
He, ordered the duty pressure to supervise the actions of the merchants within the markets. In a bid to cushion the hardship arising from COVID-19 on the residents, the Governor ordered the onward distribution of palliatives to varied native authorities areas within the state irrespective of social gathering traces and affiliations within the distribution of gadgets to the poor, much less privileged and susceptible within the state. A second batch of palliatives and aid gadgets was handed over to native authorities chairmen and the state emergency administration company for distribution. He acknowledged thus: ”We are speaking in regards to the much less privilege, the downtrodden within the society. Please, as you go on attempt to make sure that you herald everyone, whether or not they’re APC or PDP. The underlining factor is that they’re Bayelsans; they’re your brothers and sisters. And this authorities is poised to carry everyone alongside’’.
This is very commendable. Governor Diri has obtained commendations for restoring sanity to Swali Market. In his phrases, the governor careworn that ‘’ As a outcome of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to make sure that our markets are clear and shouldn’t be dying traps from the place varied ailments may very well be transmitted.” Before this intervention which included the demolition of unlawful constructions, Swali Market which is the biggest inside Yenagoa metropolis was an eyesore as most of the merchants over time deserted the stalls constructed by the state authorities contained in the market and erected unlawful constructions on the highway. In addition to the demolition train, over 600 stalls contained in the market had been fumigated in order that merchants may perform their companies in a clear and spacious setting.