Bayelsa State Government at the weekend pledged to continue to support non-indigenes in the state who have been executing developmental projects.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele, made the pledge in Yenagoa, during a courtesy visit from the United Non-Natives Association of Bayelsa State.
He applauded their drive for humanitarian services by giving food and financial support to the poor and vulnerable in the state, including those in the hospitals in need of assistance.
Dr. Igwele said the government will invest in their co-operative society such that they can give out soft loans to members in order to expand their businesses and by extension develop the state.
He noted that the Non-Natives are very relevant to the political process as they constitute up to 40% of the voting population, and appreciated them for the award given to him and dedicated it to Governor Douye Diri.
Speaking on behalf of the visiting team, the Director General, United Non-Natives Association of Bayelsa State, Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, said they are ready to partner with the government to move the health system forward.
He commended the Commissioner for the completion of the Kaiama Referral Hospital, the Bayelsa Health Summit and the drive to change the face of health care in the state.
Chief Arthur-Ugwa, added that the association also conducts youth empowerment schemes and give out loans to small businesses to enable the youths achieve their dreams and reduce unemployment.
He stressed that their slogan, “Non-Natives Are Dirified”, shows how passionate they are about supporting Governor Diri, saying they are not in rivalry with any individual or political organization.
The Director General added that the Association has what they call Operation identify with your community and work with traditional rulers to make the state safe and secure.
He added that they have been reaching out to Bayelsans with their food empowerment programmes and encouraged other associations to do the same.