Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has been urged to leave politics behind and face the onerous task of providing good governance to the people who elected him into the office.
The advice was contained in a congratulatory message sent to the governor by the Ijaw Elders Forum (IEF), Lagos State chapter.
The group stated that good governance had remained elusive to the state over the years, saying the administration should give immediate priority to security, youth unemployment, education, power supply, agro-allied industry, coastal zone and gas infrastructure development, among others.
In statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Bukazi Etete, and Vice Chairman, Chief Atamuno Atamuno, the IEF said:
“We write to congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, on your election as the governor of Bayelsa State and to restate the need for His Excellency to settle down and give the people of Bayelsa State the much desired good governance they deserve.”
While reminding Diri of his conspicuous absence in all the seminars, workshops and enlightenment campaigns organised by the group in the build-up to the November 2019 governorship election to ensure the conduct of a peaceful and credible poll, the forum urged him to seize the opportunity of his victory to urgently address the dismal state of affairs of the state.
“Providence has made you governor of the state and saddled you with the responsibility of providing good governance which our people earnestly yearn for. It is not out of place to state that Bayelsa State has not enjoyed the best of leadership since its creation and there is a general outcry for better governance in the state,” the statement added.