Gov Diri harps on revitalizing the economy to tackle hardship

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By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

Governor Diri of Bayelsa State has responded to the protest by the Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, acknowledging the economic challenges faced by workers and citizens due to factors like the removal of fuel subsidy and the devaluation of the Naira.

The Governor emphasized the need to address these issues by revitalizing the economy and restoring the value of the Naira.

During the protest, workers expressed their grievances through placards and songs, highlighting concerns such as poverty, high living costs, and the need for functional refineries and well-funded public schools.

Governor Diri praised the peaceful nature of the protest and pledged to collaborate with labour leaders to develop measures that would alleviate the financial burden on workers in the state.

He assured them of his commitment to finding solutions that would mitigate the impact of rising living costs.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Labour Congress in Bayelsa, Comrade. Barnabas Simon, emphasized how inflation has made survival difficult for many families.

Simon said the ailing economy occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy and spike in exchange rate of the Naira to the Dollar had made life unbearable for workers and the ordinary citizens.

He noted that the spiraling inflation in basic food, goods and services had made survival a Herculean task for many families.

Furthermore, Governor Diri promised to consult with the State Head of the Civil Service and the leadership of Labour to work out palliatives for the workers in the State to cushion the effect of the high cost of living on them.