Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has told his appointees not to spend scarce state funds to congratulate him on his birthday.
In a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah on Wednesday, June 2, Diri said rather than lavishing scarce state resources congratulating him on his birthday, the appointees should join him in prayers for God’s wisdom and direction to govern the state.
Noting that what he needed on his birthday was prayers to remain focused as the task ahead was enormous, the governor asked urged his appointees to be patient and remain committed to delivering on their assignments.
The governor however explained that he was not against private individuals or corporate organisations congratulating him in the media but that state funds need not be channeled to such gestures.
According to him:
“At this time, what we need is to focus on the governance task on our hands. We also need prayers for God’s wisdom and direction.“So, I advise my appointees at all levels to join me in praying for wisdom to govern our state and to rightly deliver on our mandate. I’m not usually a birthday celebration person. Being governor has not changed that. My appointees as government officials need to know this too.“Private individuals and corporate organisations are not under any obligation to congratulate me if they choose to but I’m against any gesture that would result in misuse of government funds”.
Governor Diri will be 62 years on Friday, June 4, 2021.
The Nigerdeltaconnect team wishes the governor a happy birthday.