Palliatives not solution to current hardship- Gov. Diri

Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, says offering palliatives was not a lasting solution to the economic hardship in the country.

Diri made the remark when he spoke during the Easter Sunday service at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in his community, Sampou, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

In his address, the governor said even though he was not against palliatives, he was more concerned with putting in place the right structures and systems to address the economic challenges.

According to him, the government is tackling manpower shortage and the skills challenge by establishing technical colleges in the eight LGAs, embarking on skills acquisition programmes, building roads to connect the hinterlands, as well as other infrastructure that would bring socio-economic empowerment to the people.

Diri also explained that the government alone cannot provide for everyone and called on the people to get involved in businesses and other meaningful ventures toward adding value to their lives and the state.

According to the governor, “There is nowhere in the world that the government does everything for you. Let us get involved in businesses. Take advantage of our skills acquisition programmes, and that way, you will add value to yourselves and Bayelsa State. That way, youths will become productive.”

Diri further added his administration was initiating policies and programmes that would bring about long-term empowerment to people of the state rather than short-term palliatives.


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