By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that he will address three major requests tabled by Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State, with “promptness and immediacy.”
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman, in a statement in Abuja, said that the president made the pledge while responding to the governor’s speech during his visit to the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Buhari stressed the need for immediate response to the governor, saying, “Given the period we are in, I know most of you are in the field campaigning. I will respond to your requests as quickly as possible.”
Diri, who was accompanied on the visit by his immediate predecessor, Sen. Seriake Dickson, King Alfred Diete-Spiff and the Chairman of Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Bubaraye Dakolo, presented three requests before the president.
He said that he wanted the Federal Government to take over the Bayelsa Medical University, now that government was setting up hospitals across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Diri also asked for the speedy completion of three federal roads in each of the three senatorial districts of the state and the restoration of the Oil Mining Licence, “OML 46”, to Bayelsa, which, he said, was unjustly revoked and awarded to a private company.
According to the governor, the issue of OML 46 is “emotional” to Bayelsans, as they “possess the technical and financial capacity to manage the oil well”.
The governor congratulated the president on Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary which, he said, coincided with 30th anniversary of Bayelsa’s creation.
He urged the president to continue with his balanced approach to issues of national development.