By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
ABUJA – The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, has promised to make the nationâ€™s vast petroleum resources impact positively on the lives of the people of Bayelsa State and Nigerians.
Alison-Madueke gave this assurance on Thursday while playing host to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Timipre Sylva, who paid her a courtesy call.
The Minister who said she was humbled by the visit as a daughter of Bayelsa State, also disclosed that she has been working hand in hand with the governor on a number of proposals aimed at bringing development to the state, especially as an oil producing state.
She said she cherished the visit because though she is a minister at the federal level with a duty to serve the entire country, it was good to know that her people are behind her as indicated by the governorâ€™s visit.
â€œI am humbled by this visit as a daughter of Bayelsa State. It means so much to me. It is good to know that your people are with you. Though I am a minister at the federal level with a duty to serve Nigeria, I represent Bayelsa State, and it is important that they are carried along,â€ she said.
Speaking on the purpose of his visit, Governor Sylva said though he had met the Minister at various fora since her appointment, it was important to visit her specially to convey the felicitation and solidarity of Bayelsans and Niger Deltans.
â€œHer being here in this office at this time is significant. Let it be known today that she is our daughter, we are pleased with her and will support her throughout her tenure in office,â€ he declared.
On the proposed Greenfield Refinery to be sited in the state, the governor said his administration was ready to give support to the investors to enable them succeed.
He said, â€œWe are pleased about the proposal to site the refinery in Bayelsa State. We believe that we deserve it in terms of our location
He added that the state was ready to take some equity in the proposed refinery because of its commitment to expanding investment in the state.
â€œWe want more investments in Bayelsa state; we have the resources to support any investment. The citing of a refinery in the state would create a lot of opportunities for the youth in the state as well as expand the economy and social life of the people.â€