RT HON. GAGDI ASSURES OF LEGISLATIVE INPUTS TO MAKE NAVAL PRESENCE UBIQUITOUS IN BAYELSA STATE
The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Navy, Rt Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi has assured that his committee will prioritize appropriation for the development of the percel of land donated to the Nigerian Navy for the establishment of a Foward Operating Base, so as to make the presence of the navy more prevalent in Bayelsa State to commensurate with its vast maritime resources.
Rt Hon. Gagdi made the remarks when he led a batch of 16-man member of his committee on a familiarization visit on the Bayelsa State governor, as part of activities scheduled for the committee’s oversight visit to the Central Naval Command Headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Gagdi maintains that the importance of Nigerian waterways to the nation’s economy is unprecedented, as such securing the maritime industry by ensuring operations of the navy is physically present in all its waterways cannot be toyed with.
The governor, who was away to Abuja on an official visit, spoke through his deputy, Sen. Lawrence, who appreciated the visit of the committee and assured of further collaboration between the navy and the Bayelsa State government to boost economic activities in the waterways by securing its operators within the sector.
Earlier speaking, Gagdi said the aim of the visit was in compliance with constitutional provisions that empower the legislature to exercise oversight functions over activities of the executive arm of government, and the best way to ensure resources allocated to various government organizations are judiciously expended, according to him, is by physically visiting areas of responsibilities of such organizations.
He thanked the governor for the warm welcome accorded the committee and assured that the coming years would be more beneficial to the nation’s economy through a more reinvigorated Nigerian Navy that is poist to discharge its duties optimally with its basic needs attended to. He assured that under his chairmanship of the Navy Committee of the House of Representatives, legislative enactments and budgetary allocations to the Navy would be upped to meet modern global practices.
The highlight of the visit was the presentation of plague carrying the state’s emblem, to the Committee Chairman, Rt Hon. Gagdi, signifying the highest honour the state can give to its guest.
GAGDI MEDIA TEAM (GMT)