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Bayelsa State Governor Signs N489 Billion Budget for 2024

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Douye Diri

Diri emphasized that the budget prioritizes sectors such as education, infrastructure, healthcare delivery, and agriculture. He expressed optimism that careful implementation of the budget would enhance living conditions and address rural and urban poverty.

Addressing the budget increase, Diri stated, “To realize our vision of sustainable and shared prosperity, we have carefully crafted this budget to prioritize key sectors aimed at improving infrastructure, expanding access to mass education with emphasis on Technical, Science and Vocational Manpower Development, enhancing healthcare services, and promoting agriculture as a means of creating employment opportunities and reducing poverty.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, noted that the slight upward budget review was made to align with present economic realities. He appreciated Diri for presenting an all-encompassing budget that reflected the economic realities and desires of the state’s people.

On the electricity bill, Diri urged the Managing Director of the state electricity board, Olice Kemenanabo, to ensure the establishment of a state electricity outfit for generation, distribution, and commercialization of power, adding that Bayelsa now has the authority to engage in these activities, including commercializing electricity to neighboring states.

Diri also directed Kemenanabo to issue licenses to private investors interested in the sector, citing the state’s abundant gas resources as a primary asset. “We have gas in abundance and we have no excuse not to have 24-hour electricity in Bayelsa State now that I have assented to this bill,” said the governor.

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