—–Appeals to Rtd Gen. Danjuma to
By Isaac Money–Yenagoa .
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state lauds former President Goodluck Jonathan for initiating the Victims Support Fund ( ( VSF) during his tenure as President of Nigeria as he expressed delight that the programme is still alive after his tenure .
He also appealed to the VSF , Rtd. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma to see Bayelsa state as one of his baby in all activities of the VSF.
Speaking when he received representatives of the VSF led by chairperson of the COVID-19 Taskforce of the VSF, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji in Government House Yenagoa Tuesday afternoon , governor Diri noted that Jonathan’s vision in setting up the fund which is still being sustained up till now is meeting the of ordinary Nigerians.
The governor further commended members of the VSF team who were in the state to execute projects in selected schools in the state described the projects as timely and a welcome development, stressing that Nigeria needed such initiatives to move the country forward.
He solicit the support of agencies like the VSF to meet developmental needs of the state which he says was not as rich as perceived in some quarters, noting that with bodies like the VSF bringing succor to people of the country, agitations against inequality and injustice would reduce.
His words: “Private initiatives like this that support and bring succour to our people are lacking in this country. I am glad that this initiative started when our leader and son was president of this country and it is not dead. This is certainly one of the testimonies of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
“I appeal to you and our leader, General (Theophilus) Danjuma (rtd), to see Bayelsa as one of your own and take it as a priority that in all you are doing Bayelsa should be among one of the first states you have as a priority.
“On behalf of the government and people of the state, I appreciate you for what you have done in our state because it takes effort and commitment to travel round Nigeria not minding the risk you are taking.”
Earlier, chairperson of the COVID-19 Taskforce of the VSF, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, said they were in the state to inaugurate three borehole projects executed by the VSF in selected schools.
She listed Community Secondary School, Otuoke, Community Secondary School, Sagbama and Kaiama High School as the three beneficiary schools, which she said would also receive other sanitation consumables.
Mrs. Akerele-Ogunsiji remarked that the mandate of the VSF is to provide more enduring support, specifically sanitation facilities, to ensure that COVID-19 protocols were maintained.
She expressed appreciation to the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele, for his support to the team, describing him as the promise of the future of Bayelsa.
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