Governor went to Dubai to spend his holiday.
An ex-convict and former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, was among the handpicked privileged who accompanied the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on an official two-week trip to Dubai, the governor has said.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha, who was jailed for misappropriating billions of Naira of Bayelsa State funds and forfeited several of his property to the Federal Government, enjoyed an all-expense paid trip on behalf of Bayelsa State to secure foreign investors.
The former governor was not the only one that enjoyed the largesse, another top Peoples Democratic Party politician, Wakil Mohammed, who is not even from the state, but rather from the North Western part of the country, was also on the trip.
As a result of the trip, led by Mr. Dickson, the Bayelsa State Government said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with a Dubai-based firm, GEAP International, to build a steel plant and cold storage facilities in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, on Friday in Yenagoa.
“Gov. Dickson, who took two weeks break to have a deserved rest in Dubai, broke his vacation to achieve another milestone for Bayelsa State,” Mr. Iworiso-Markson said. “This is after he inspected one of the largest steel plants and cold storage facilities in the world, owned by GEAP International in Dubai.”
Mr. Iworiso-Markson said the governor signed the MoU with Mahendra Patel, the group managing director of the firm.
He said: “under the terms of the MoU, GEAP is to partner the Bayelsa State Government to replicate the steel plant and cold storage facility in Bayelsa State.
“The firm is also to embark on capacity building of Bayelsans in steel, cold room business and new techniques in rice farming.”
The statement disclosed that the firm would send its team of engineers and experts to Bayelsa to undertake an on the spot assessment of markets and carry out soil tests across the state.
It said further that Mr. Dickson was accompanied on the visit by Mr. Alamieyeseigha; and former NDDC Managing Director, Timi Alaibe.
The PDP Vice Chairman, North West, Wakil Mohammed, was also among those who accompanied the governor.
Mr. Dickson is expected to resume duty on January 21.
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