Gov Dickson Empower Non Indigenous Traders, Assures Investors of Their Safety

Create: 10/06/2015 - 18:07

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Monday announced the donation N10million to non-indigenous traders, who are doing business under the aegis of the Unified Traders Association, as part of his administration's drive to promote commerce and industry in the state.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Monday announced the donation N10million to non-indigenous traders, who are doing business under the aegis of the Unified Traders Association, as part of his administration's drive to promote commerce and industry in the state.

Governor Dickson, who made the donation while reacting to some issues raised during a meeting with executive members of the Association in Government House, Yenagoa, assured investors of the government’s determination to maintain the prevailing secure business environment.

According to the Governor, the funds which would be made available within a week's time, were an additional amount to the N15million the state government donated earlier this year to the Swali Market Association, as part of efforts to encourage the growth of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the state.

To ensure efficient distribution of the funds, he directed the Commissioner for Investment,Trade and Industry, Barr. Kemela Okara to liaise with the state finance  team and leadership of the Unified Traders Association to work out all necessary modalities.

According to the governor, efforts are on top gear to soon launch the state-owned Izon-Ibe MicroFinance Bank with branches in the headquarters of all the local government areas, which has already been licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate in the state, and therefore urged to identify with the bank.

Commenting on the complaint about multiple taxation, Governor Dickson also directed the Commissioner to immediately wade into the matter with a view to streamlining tax administration in Bayelsa, stressing that apart from providing security, his administration would not condone any practice that is capable of stifling business activities in the state.

The governor, who promised to build an ultra modern central market in the state capital to discourage trading on major roads, lamented that but for the current economic crunch, government would have completed the Kpansia and other ongoing market projects.

While thanking the group for conducting themselves peacefully and endorsing the Dickson/Jonah re-election bid, Governor Dickson urged them to come out en masse to exercise their franchise on December 5, without any fear of violence.
His words, "I thank you for your support and unequivocal endorsement of me and my running mate, the deputy governor. We also appreciate you for remaining peaceful among our people and also for contributing to the development of our state. In our government, anybody who believes in peace, belongs to Bayelsa.

"You are major stakeholders in this state. Yes, you have acknowledged our achievement in security. But I want to assure you that we will do more going forward to protect you and even support your businesses in this state.
"You have done the right thing by identifying with the party that means well for you. There is nothing as good as knowing where your interest is best protected. So tell your members to come out on the 5th of December to vote. There is no jupiter that will be able to terrorise or intimidate you. I assure you that the whole atmosphere will be free and safe for every law abiding person to cast his or her vote."

Speaking earlier, the President of the Unified Traders Association, Chief Ukachukwu Shedrack noted that group was impressed with the developmental strides of the governor in his first term in office and would therefore do everything within its reach to ensure his re-election.

Describing the leadership style of the governor as inclusive, Chief Ukachukwu who listed the present administration's achievements to include security of lives and property, infrastructural development and prompt payment of workers salaries, thanked Governor Dickson for giving them a sense of belonging by appointing non indigenes to position of trust.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State