By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”A group, Credible Sylva Movement, CSM, has launched the Keep Bayelsa as No.1 clean state, campaign with the cleaning of some parts of Yenagoa, including Government House, saying the campaign was aimed atÂ making Bayelsa State the cleanest in the federation.
The group said the campaign was aimed at consolidating the political and economic achievements of Chief Timipre Sylva’s administration.
Led by their Patron, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, SAN, and Patroness, Julie Donli, who is also the Executive Assistant to the governor, as well as Chairman and Special Adviser to the governor on Mobilization, Mr. Jude Tabai, members of the group in their hundreds engaged in the clearing of drainages and evacuation of refuse along the streets of Yenagoa.
The group, which later paid a solidarity visit to Governor Sylva, said though they had intensified campaigns in various parts of the state on the issue of cleanliness and proper sanitation, the campaign was to ask the people of the state to join in the positioning of Bayelsa as the number one clean state in the federation.
Mr. George-Ikoli, SAN, reassured the governor that members of the group in the eight council areas were solidly behind him through their show of support for the cleanliness campaign and his efforts at revamping ailing sectors of the state.
Also speaking, the patroness, Julie Donli, explained that the mass turn out of members and other personalities in the state during the exercise was a show of acceptance on the need to sensitize the people of the state to clean their environment.
On his part, Chairman of the group, Mr. Jude Tabai, commended the governor for his untiring effort at revamping the ailing education sector, the empowerment of youths and the noticeable constant power supply in the state.
In his remark, Governor Sylva commended the group for what he described as â€œuncommon patriotismâ€ and commitment to the development of the state.
He said though his administration has surpassed previous administrations in the area of award of contracts to indigenous contractors, the decision was part of a deliberate policy to assuage the problem of hunger in the land and ensure that money is in circulation.
â€œWe have spent substantial part of the life of the present administration into putting money in the state through the construction of roads and completion of projects. It is now the turn of empowering the people. We will vigorously pursue the issue of economic empowerment to give the people a sense of belonging,â€ he said.