Bayelsa state Governor Senator Douye Diri has saluted the resilience of the people of the state, and dedicated the 2022 Governor of the Year Award by The Sun Newspapers to victims of last year’s monster floods in the state.
Speaking in Lagos on Saturday night shortly after he received the award, Diri expressed delight that people of the state were able to surmount the challenges presented by the disaster.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him commending the people for supporting his administration, and that the award will spur him to do more.
Diri particularly lauded the legislature and judiciary in the state for the synergy among the three arms of government, saying that the cooperation had contributed greatly to the successes recorded by his administration.
He noted that the prevailing peace and harmony in the state was one of the prized achievements of his administration and stressed the need for the people to sustain the tempo, saying it was the only way Bayelsa can make good progress.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Sun, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh, said the award, which was the 20th edition, is dedicated to recognizing those that had contributed to the development of Nigeria.
In his remarks, chairman of the occasion and former governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, expressed appreciation to the management and staff of the organisation for organizing the awards, saying it is a good way of encouraging development in Nigeria.
While describing the next month’s general elections as crucial to the survival of Nigeria, Osoba hailed the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and urged Nigerians to be fully involved in the process in accordance with the laws of the land..