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Democracy Day: We have no cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa, we are fishermen – Gov Diri

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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has stated there have been no cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa, explaining that his individuals are predominantly farmers.

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Governor Diri made the assertion whereas responding to questions on the President’s current directive to revive cattle grazing routes throughout the nation.

He spoke on Saturday in Yenagoa, throughout his maiden media chat as a part of actions to commemorate this 12 months’s Democracy Day celebration.

Governor Diri defined that though he was not countering the federal authorities’s resolution to resuscitate grazing routes, he stated his administration had put in place a authorized framework to ban open grazing and motion of cattle on foot.

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The Bayelsa governor additionally emphasised that the southern governors had adopted the identical place on the problem as a part of measures to test farmers and herders clashes throughout the nation.

Diri maintained that his authorities couldn’t afford to reveal its citizenry to the looming hazard.

His phrases: “For us, there aren’t any cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa State. Our individuals are historically and occupationally fishermen. The concept of cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa may be very unusual to us on this a part of the nation.”

Senator Diri, who identified that in a federal system of presidency, states have the rights to enact legal guidelines to manage the actions of their folks, burdened that the prohibition on open grazing of cattle can be absolutely applied within the state.

“There could also be cattle grazing routes within the north however what’s relevant within the north will not be relevant to us within the south. I don’t wish to consider we’re operating a unitary system of presidency.”

In the meantime, Governor Diri has maintained that he’s dedicated to turning across the developmental fortune of the Bayelsa State via tourism and the continued city renewal programmes.

The governor stated democracy was in regards to the folks and Nigeria had come a good distance with 22 years of uninterrupted civilian rule, which he noticed had not been clean however price celebrating.

He famous that the city renewal programme amongst different tasks and insurance policies of his administration had been a part of the drive to present the state a brand new look and make it extra engaging to buyers.

Governor Diri stated the state had plenty of tourism potential and that his authorities was open to dialogue and able to signal memorandums with companions to develop tasks within the tourism sector.

He defined that the continued demolition of unlawful constructions within the state capital was in step with the administration’s city renewal coverage.

He expressed concern over the proliferation of shanties throughout the state capital coupled with the obstruction of site visitors by merchants alongside the key roads, which he stated was unacceptable.

The governor famous that because of the demolition, sanity had been restored in most of its main markets in areas like Swali, Kpansia and Tombia-Etegwe, including that a few of such unlawful constructions function hide-outs for criminals.

On the problem of the federal authorities’s infrastructure improvement refund to the state, Senator Diri clarified that the precise quantity it obtained was N27.5 billion and never N38.4 billion as being speculated.

He additional defined that the full refund due the state was N38.4 billion however that in response to the federal authorities, its launch wouldn’t be attainable within the subsequent 4 years and provided the state a second choice of a reduced quantity of N27.5 billion via the Debt Administration Workplace, which it received final December.

The governor additionally stated the refund had been dedicated to developing essential capital tasks such because the Yenagoa- Oporoma street within the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District and the Sagbama-Ekeremor street in Bayelsa West in addition to the Opolo/AIT-Igbogene ring street venture, the dualised Glory Drive-Onopa street, the Nembe unity bridge and the set up of avenue lights within the state capital amongst others.

On the state-owned worldwide airport, Senator Diri introduced that industrial flights would start subsequent month because it was in partnership with United Nigeria Airline to function daytime flights pending when the runway lights for evening flights can be put in.

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