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Bayelsa extends lockdown by two weeks, presents N242bn budget

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Douye Diri, on Tuesday, presented an appropriation bill of N242.283bn for the 2020 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly, more than two months after he assumed office.

Diri was inaugurated on February 14 following the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the election of Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress and declared him winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship poll.

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His predecessor, Mr Seriake Dickson, while presenting the 2019 budget of N275.8bn to the Assembly in December 2018, had said his successor would present the 2020 budget for the state.

Presenting his first budget christened, ‘Consolidation for Prosperity 2020,’ Diri said the appropriation bill defined the structure for the economic activities to be undertaken in the fiscal year.

The governor in a statement by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said his administration would embark on special programmes and projects aimed at wealth creation.

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Meanwhile, Bayelsa has extended the lockdown of its borders for another two weeks.

Diri gave the directive on Tuesday evening in a press release by Alabrah.

The governor noted that Bayelsa had yet to record any case of COVID-19 infection, but his administration was committed to taking preventive measures against the spread of the disease into the state.

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