The government of Bayelsa state will soon establish a commission to serve as a link between the state government and Bayelsans living in the diaspora.
This was revealed on Tuesday when the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Ijaws in Diaspora, Mr. Tunde Apanari led a team of Bayelsans living in the diaspora on a courtesy call on the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political, Chief Collins Cocodia in his office in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Speaking during the courtesy visit, the SSA said there was the need for the establishment of a Bayelsa state Diaspora Commission as established at the national level.
He also suggested that existing committee on Diaspora be dropped while the SSA on Diaspora should be made chairman to head the Diaspora Commission when established.
According to him, the proposed diaspora Commission should have other members to work with its chairman.
Also speaking, one of the members of the delegation, Mr. Bodise Wilson added that if established, the diaspora Commission would enable Bayelsans living abroad to contribute their quota to the development of the state, calling on the state government to replicate its establishment as already done at the federal level.
In his response, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Collins Cocodia, said plans were already in the offings towards the request made by the delegation to reposition the diaspora Ijaws in line with his prosperity agenda for the people.
He also charged Bayelsans living in diaspora to help in reorientation of her members especially in the area of positive values.
The S.A Political equally urged them to rally support for Senator Douye Diri, who is bent on bringing prosperity to the people.
Also present at the meeting was the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters 2, Hon. Gabriel Michael Ogbara.
Members of the diaspora delegation include: Hon. Tunde Apanari, SSA to the Governor on Ijaws in Diaspora, Chief Benjamin Youdowei, Mr. Bodise Wilson, Barr. Bentley Igbudu, Ebiye Asuka,
Ebizimo Oweifie, Ikiah Sunday and