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 Bayelsa State Governor Sen Douye Diri has called on diaspora Ijaws to instill the values culture and tradition of ijaw on their children Diri made the call at the gala night to wrap up the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in Newark New Jersey State in the United States of America A man who has no culture is lost The beginning of a man s culture is language and then his dressing So I count on you to ensure the sustenance of the rich Ijaw culture My physical presence here should tell you the importance I attach to the cause of Ijaw nation I am equally happy with what this group is doing bringing all Ijaws in diaspora together Consciously we must continue to preserve and promote the Ijaw culture and tradition wherever we find ourselves That applies to all of you abroad Speaking on the insecurity in Nigeria Diri stressed the urgent need to allow the establishment of functional state owned police across Nigeria He expressed optimism that the operations of State Police would end the state of insecurity in the country The governor insisted on the restructuring of Nigeria and devolution of power to the states and stressed the need for the Federal Government to respect the true dictates of a federal system He said the Federal Government should respect the true dictates of the Federal System fashioned after the U S democratic system where equity fairness and justice remain the order of the day The security challenges are there in Nigeria and that is why some of us are asking for restructuring of Nigeria There has to be devolution of powers to the states Right here in the U S I can see policemen who are not federal but under the jurisdiction of their respective states That is the federal system In Nigeria why can t we have state owned policemen state governments should be allowed and that will contribute to security in the country the governor said According to him the current administration in Bayelsa is investing massively in security to create enabling environment for investments to thrive We have been in the U S for some days now and have met various groups and institutions for partnerships and investments in the state Bayelsa is so blessed in oil and gas but we are redirecting our energies to gas renewable energy and agriculture among others The meetings have been very encouraging and positive But for us we know that security is key and that was why we established the Bayelsa State Community Safety Corps headed by a retired Brigadier General We are involving our youth in the security of their localities Of course relatively in Nigeria Bayelsa remains one of the safest states Diri urged the diaspora Ijaws to support efforts of the government to attract investment opportunities to their state The governor took opportunity of the event to keep the diaspora Ijaws up to speed about development in the state including the ongoing construction of the three senatorial roads Through the three senatorial roads we are connecting many riverine communities by roads We also want to ensure that all our Local Government headquarters hitherto not linked by road are connected For the Sagbama Ekeremor road in the Bayelsa West we are working to ensure the completion and commissioning during the 3rd anniversary of our government In Bayelsa Central the Yenagoa Oporoma road is progressing with the bridge to connect Angiama community to Oporoma the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters awarded Just about two weeks ago the last one in the East Nembe Brass road was flagged off after decades that the road had been on the drawing board the governor said He urged them to ensure they work closely with the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress INC This he said they could do by adding their voices to trending national debates and promotion of the culture of the fourth largest ethnic group in the country In his address the Chairman of the occasion and member representing Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives Dr Fred Agbedi stressed the need for the Ijaw people to continue to unite Agbedi urged those in diaspora to always contribute to the development of their state back home The President of Ijaw Diaspora Council Prof Mondy Gold expressed the appreciation of the council to the governor and other top Ijaw leaders for their attendance and participation He said that the forum had formed a strong network across the globe to stand firmly together for the progress of Ijaw nation Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Amb Tijjani Mohammed Bande Nigeria Permanent Representative to the UN Amb Ben Okoyen Nigerian Amb to Cuba and Amb Lot Egopija Consul General of Nigeria in New York among others www nanenws ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
Bayelsa gov urges preservation of Ijaw culture in U.S.

1 Bayelsa State Governor, Sen. Douye Diri, has called on diaspora Ijaws to instill the values, culture and tradition of ijaw on their children.

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2 Diri made the call at the gala night to wrap up the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in Newark, New Jersey State in the United States of America.

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3 “A man who has no culture is lost. The beginning of a man’s culture is language and then his dressing. So, I count on you to ensure the sustenance of the rich Ijaw culture.

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4 “My physical presence here should tell you the importance I attach to the cause of Ijaw nation.

5 “I am equally happy with what this group is doing, bringing all Ijaws in diaspora together.

6 “Consciously, we must continue to preserve and promote the Ijaw culture and tradition wherever we find ourselves. That applies to all of you abroad.’’

7 Speaking on the insecurity in Nigeria, Diri stressed the urgent need to allow the establishment of functional state-owned police across Nigeria.

8 He expressed optimism that the operations of State Police would end the state of insecurity in the country.

9 The governor insisted on the restructuring of Nigeria and devolution of power to the states, and stressed the need for the Federal Government to respect the true dictates of a federal system.

10 He said the Federal Government should respect the true dictates of the Federal System fashioned after the U.S. democratic system where equity, fairness and justice remain the order of the day.

11 “The security challenges are there in Nigeria and that is why some of us are asking for restructuring of Nigeria. There has to be devolution of powers to the states.

12 “Right here in the U.S, I can see policemen who are not federal but under the jurisdiction of their respective states.

13 “That is the federal system. In Nigeria, why can’t we have state-owned policemen? state governments should be allowed and that will contribute to security in the country,” the governor said.

14 According to him, the current administration in Bayelsa is investing massively in security to create enabling environment for investments to thrive.

15 “We have been in the U.S. for some days now and have met various groups and institutions for partnerships and investments in the state.

16 “Bayelsa is so blessed in oil and gas but we are redirecting our energies to gas, renewable energy and agriculture among others. The meetings have been very encouraging and positive.

17 “But for us, we know that security is key and that was why we established the Bayelsa State Community Safety Corps headed by a retired Brigadier-General.

18 “We are involving our youth in the security of their localities. Of course, relatively in Nigeria, Bayelsa remains one of the safest states.”

19 Diri urged the diaspora Ijaws to support efforts of the government to attract investment opportunities to their state.

20 The governor took opportunity of the event to keep the  diaspora Ijaws up to speed about development in the state, including the ongoing construction of the three senatorial roads.

21 “Through the three senatorial roads, we are connecting many riverine communities by roads. We also want to ensure that all our Local Government headquarters hitherto not linked by road are connected.

22 “For the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Bayelsa West, we are working to ensure the completion and commissioning during the 3rd anniversary of our government

23 “In Bayelsa Central, the Yenagoa-Oporoma road is progressing with the bridge to connect Angiama community to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters awarded.

24 “Just about two weeks ago, the last one in the East, Nembe-Brass road was flagged-off after decades that the road had been on the drawing board,” the governor said.

25 He urged them to ensure they work closely with the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC).

26 This he said they could do by adding their voices to trending national debates and promotion of the culture of the fourth largest ethnic group in the country.

27 In his address, the Chairman of the occasion and member representing Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Dr Fred Agbedi, stressed the need for the Ijaw people to continue to unite.

28 Agbedi urged those in diaspora to always contribute to the development of their state back home.

29 The President of Ijaw Diaspora Council, Prof. Mondy Gold, expressed the appreciation of the council to the governor and other top Ijaw leaders for their attendance and participation.

30 He said that the forum had formed a strong network across the globe to stand firmly together for the progress of Ijaw nation.

31 Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Amb. Tijjani Mohammed-Bande, Nigeria Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Nigerian Amb. to Cuba, and Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, among others. (www.nanenws.ng)

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