[From CHRIS EZE, Yenagoa]
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has appealed to the Victims Support Fund to place the state on its priority list in the execution of projects across the federation.
The governor made the plea on Tuesday when he received representatives of the group who paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
Diri who described the projects executed by VSF in some selected schools in the state as timely and a welcome development said that Nigeria needed such initiatives to move the country forward.
He said that contrary to the notion in some quarters, Bayelsa is not as rich as being perceived and therefore needs the support of agencies like VSF to meet its developmental needs.
The governor who commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for setting up the VSF, expressed delight that it has been sustained and is meeting the needs of ordinary Nigerians.
He remarked that with bodies like the VSF bringing succor to people of the country, agitations against inequality and injustice would reduce.
He added, “Private initiatives like this that support and bring succor to our people are lacking in this country. I am glad that this initiative started when our leader and son was president of this country and it is not dead. This is certainly one of the testimonies of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
“I appeal to you and our leader, General (Theophilus) Danjuma (rtd) to see Bayelsa as one of your own and take it as a priority that in all you are doing, Bayelsa should be among one of the first states you have as a priority”
The governor urged the VSF not to relent in providing basic amenities to people of the country, even as he appealed for more infrastructural support to the state.
“On behalf of the government and people of , I appreciate you for what you have done in our state because it takes effort and commitment to travel round Nigeria not minding the risk you are taking”, Senator Diri appreciated.
Earlier, Chairperson of the Covid 19 Taskforce of the VSF, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji said they were in the state to inaugurate three borehole projects executed by the VSF in selected schools.
The benefitting schools according to her include, Community Secondary School, Otuoke, Community Secondary School, Sagbama and Kaiama High School. She said that the schools would also receive other sanitation consumables.
Mrs. Akerele-Ogunsiji noted that the mandate of the VSF is to provide more enduring support especially sanitation facilities to ensure that Covid 19protocols were maintained.
She further expressed appreciation to the Bayelsa Commissioner of Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele for his support to the team.