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Bayelsa Government Gets European Union Support For Development in Critical Sectors

Bayelsa Government Gets European Union Support For Development in Critical Sectors

Bayelsa Government Gets European Union Support For Development in Critical Sectors

Bayelsa Government Gets European Union Support For Development in Critical Sectors

The European Union has expressed it’s desire to work in collaboration with the Bayelsa State government in critical sectors for socioeconomic and infrastructural development of the state.

Political Adviser to the European union, Mr Thomas Keller disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri in Government House, Yenagoa.

Mr Keller who commended the governor for his efforts in developing the state noted that the EU were on a fact finding mission to identify key areas of collaboration with government such as infrastructural development, human capacity building and security adding that they would key into already existing programs of the state government.

He also applauded the governor for the ongoing construction works in parts of the state while reinstating that the union is ready to work with the government to improve the wellbeing of the people.

According to Mr Keller, the EU delegation would spend some days in the state to visit various places and prepare for the planned visit of the EU Ambassador to Bayelsa State.

In his response, Governor Douye Diri expressed appreciation to the EU for the EU supported projects in the state particularly the State Employment and Expenditure For Results, SEEFOR program.

Governor Diri told the EU team that his administration has embarked on more rural projects using the SEEFOR model through the Ministry of Local government and Community development.

Governor Diri who spoke through his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor said the government is ready to partner with the European union to achieve sustainable development in the areas of environmental protection, security, manpower and youth development.

However, he lamented that a huge number of the liquidized natural gas, processed and exported from the Bonny terminal in River state causes oil spill in Bayelsa state and no revenue was being paid to the state as derivation for gas production.

He urged the EU delegation to carry out proper investigation as part of their fact finding mission to address the challenges of oil exploration activities in Bayelsa state adding that the state would be ready to host the EU Ambassador whenever a notification is given.

Bayelsa Government Gets European Union Support For Development in Critical Sectors

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