Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has listed the “major requirement” for consideration in the appointment of commissioners into the State Executive Council, about 100 days after his inauguration.
He said that only “persons that are passionate about the development of the state and the party would be brought on board.”
Diri spoke on Monday when members of the past state working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Felix Omemu paid him a solidarity visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor had stated after his swearing in on February 14 that it would take him about three months to appoint commissioners.
Diri, who reiterated that the cabinet would be constituted “at the appropriate time” said, “We are not going to do secret appointments. Party stakeholders are being consulted to bring into government persons that would have development uppermost on their minds.”
He charged the leaders of the party to extend the olive branch to those who had left, noting that they have the onerous task of strengthening the party towards improving its fortunes.
Diri also justified the demolition of illegal structures in some parts of Yenagoa, stressing that his administration would soon embark on a number of urban renewal projects to enhance the aesthetic attraction of the state capital.
According to him, the construction of a flyover and expansion of the roundabout at Etegwe were part of the urban renewal plan of his administration.
His explanation came amidst threat by some traders to leave Bayelsa State following the demolition of their shops and destruction of goods worth millions at the GSM market at the Etegwe-Edepie roundabout on Sunday by the government.
But the governor in a press release by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, noted that the expansion of the Etegwe/Edepie roundabout would precede the construction work on the flyover to ease traffic in the area.
He assured that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was poised to initiate projects that would bring about overall development to the state.
The governor expressed his administration’s intention to give a facelift to the capital city as evident in the ongoing demolition of illegal structures that had defaced the Yenagoa metropolis.
He said, “Even in the face of COVID-19, we have decided to do some preparatory things, which I hear are going down well with our people. We are not just pulling down illegal structures but also sanitising our city.
“Work will start on the expansion of the Etegwe/Edepie roundabout in no distant time. Also, we intend to build a car park at the market at Swali, which is the largest in Yenagoa, and fence it off to ensure a healthy environment.
“Our government is on track. We are not looking at celebrating 100 days in office because globally, economies are at a standstill as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. But rather we are expecting to celebrate our achievements in another one to three years’ time.”