Bayelsa: Deputy Diri is sworn in for a second term

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On Wednesday, Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri and his Deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, took the oath of office for a second four-year tenure.

At Yenagoa’s Samson Siasia Stadium, they were administered the oath of office and loyalty by Justice Matilda Ayemieye, the state chief judge.

Shortly after taking the oath of office, Diri gave a speech in which he thanked the electorate for choosing him to serve a second term.

“By using public funds wisely, we not only counted the last four years, but we made the years truly count.”

“We didn’t give up on any projects; instead, we finished those that were handed down to us and started new ones, giving the people of Bayelsa opportunities,” he declared.

The governor pledged to give agriculture top priority in his second term and promised to finish the Yenagoa-Oporoma and Nembe-Brass roads, as well as to ensure a consistent electricity supply and portable water.

Diri asked for the people’s ongoing support, especially from the legislature and the courts, in order to foster an environment that is more favorable for additional development initiatives in the state.

Vice President Kashim Shettima, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and former President Goodluck Jonathan were among the dignitaries in attendance.

Other notable figures included former governor Seriake Dickson, vice president of Liberia Jeremiah Boakai, several current governors, and others.

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