President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday pledged that he would promptly address the request of Bayelsa State for the restoration of the Oil Mining Licence, (OML 46), which the State Governor, Duoye Diri, said was unjustly revoked and awarded to a private company.
This was one of three major requests tabled by Diri as he led some monarchs to see the President at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Responding to an address by the Governor during his visit to the State House in Abuja, President Buhari said he would handle the requests with “promptness and immediacy”.
Buhari told his guests that “given the period we are in, I know most of you are in the field campaigning. I will respond to your requests as quickly as possible.”
Governor Diri, was accompanied on the visit by his immediate predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff and the Chairman of the State’s Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, King Bubaraye Dakolo.
The two other requests from the Governor was that he wanted the Federal Government to take over the Bayelsa State Medical University, now that government is setting up medical hospitals in the Geopolitical Zones; as well as a speedy completion of three Federal roads in each of the Senatorial Districts.
The Governor had said that the issue of the OML 46 was “emotional” to Bayelsans, whom he said, possessed the technical and financial capacity to manage the oil well.
Diri congratulated the President on the nation’s attainment of 62nd Anniversary which coincides with Bayelsa’s 30th year of creation, and urged the President to continue with his balanced approach to issues of national development