Goodluck Jonathan, Others Asked To Create Jobs In Bayelsa
Bayelsa State will forever remain in Nigeria’s history book, as a state that gave the nation a President – Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
A major source of revenue for the state government is crude oil and it has wealthy and influential people, but very little companies could be found in the state.
Most of the very few are owned by foreigners who do exploration.
Bayelsa government wants to ensure that young people in the state will be productive and one way it could be achieved, it says, is if influential persons like Dr. Jonathan and other wealthy people of the state give back to the society.
On Monday, the government of the state held a meeting with civil servants, private business owners and some investors.
It is coming at a time that the government is introducing reforms to address issues with its public service, plug leakages of funds and also increase revenue.
At the meeting held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Ovom Yenagoa, the Commissioner for Labour Employment and Productivity, Collins Cocodia, highlighted that with companies established, there will be jobs for young indigenes of Bayelsa.
While they can invest in the state, there is a class of investment that the state government does not want.
Bayelsa State is overwhelmed by sights of sex workers that throng some streets even before dark and the government wants this to change.
Do not invest in bars and chalets for sex workers, the State government pleaded.
Since the reform started, salary or workers has become irregular, but Mr Cocodia told the gathering that the people who have not been paid salaries since November 2017, were those with forged credentials.
"Gone are the days when six billion Naira will be spent as wage bill for civil servants in this state,” he said.
He appealed to the aged to step down peacefully and give chance to the youths.