Agric, SMEs may take upper hand in Diri’s administration in Bayelsa


Every government sets its priorities. In Bayelsa State, the newly installed administration has picked two: Agric and SMEs (small and medium enterprises).


Bayelsa State Government has listed agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as priority sectors as Governor Douye Diri’s administration held its maiden cabinet meeting in Yenagoa on Wednesday.

Diri who presided at the meeting, which took place a day after he inaugurated his cabinet, charged the Commissioner for Agriculture and his Trade, Industry and Investment counterpart to brace up for the tasks ahead.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Ayibaina Duba addressed journalists at the end of the state Executive Council meeting, explaining that Diri emphasised the need to change the value system and orientation of Bayelsans for them to be more productive and self-reliant.

Duba said the governor challenged the new cabinet members to realise the enormous responsibilities that require their creativity and ingenuity in order to deliver the prosperity agenda of his administration through their different ministries.

He assured Bayelsans that the Prosperity Team would work assiduously to create job opportunities and called for cooperation from the people to enable the government address their developmental challenges.

Also speaking, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo, pledged that the impact of the Prosperity Administration would be felt in all the nooks and crannies of the state as the governor is passionate about the wellbeing of the people.

Also highlighting one of the decisions reached at the meeting, the Commissioner for Special Duties (Bayela West), Obosi Churson, said the cabinet would soon undergo training in procurement and best practices in accountability and leadership skills.

The court appeal may have shot down Diri’s government and ordered fresh election though there is appeal, but the administration is going ahead with consolidating.