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Bayelsa Govt hails Buhari on debts repayment efforts over federal projects

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Bayelsa Govt hails Buhari on debts repayment efforts over federal projects

Bayelsa State government has applauded President Mohammadu Buhari for his efforts to repay some state governments for funds used in executing various federal projects in their states.

Governor Douye Diri who spoke during the weekend when he received members of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Local and Foreign Debts in Yenagoa noted that the motion would enable state governments to redouble their collaborative efforts in addressing the infrastructural deficit in the country.

Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the governor stressed that most state governments are discouraged from deploying their scarce resources to fix dilapidated federal projects located in their areas due to Federal Government’s reluctance towards repayment.

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Addressing journalists shortly after conducting members of the National Assembly round some federal projects including the Ekoli Bridge along the Yenagoa-Oporoma Road, he expressed optimism that the inspection visit would facilitate the release of funds owed the state.

While thanking the joint Committee for the visit, he urged the executive and judicial arms of government to accord the legislature its pride of place in the scheme of democratic governance.

According to him, democracy cannot survive without the legislative arm performing its core functions of law-making, oversight and representation in society.

His words, “The National Assembly is a very important institution which has not been given due attention and respect in this country because they see us as new entrants into the Nigerian hemisphere of governance.

“But they should not forget that if there is no law-making, no oversight and no representation, then there will be no democracy. It is on these three pillars that democracy actually stands.

“I believe that the National Assembly is the highest institution that must be respected by all. Having been part of that institution, the governor and I will continue to give it respects.

“The delegation, which is made up of members of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Foreign and Local Debts came to ascertain the accuracy of our claims on the execution of federal projects in the state.

“We thank the Federal Government and the National Assembly for this effort, which we believe will facilitate the release of the funds due our state, which can be used in developing other critical sectors.”

 

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