MO Media had an exclusive interview with the SSG of Bayelsa State and PDP Governorship candidate, Mr. Kemela Okara. In this interview, he explained his vision and major plans for Bayelsa State if elected as governor.
Why do you want to be the Governor of Bayelsa State?
Having served twice as Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, and until recently as Secretary to the State Government, I have an understanding of what we need to do to provide jobs and promote entrepreneurship. This is the next major frontier for Bayelsa State. Putting money in the hands of the ordinary hardworking Bayelsan.
Bayelsa state has been mostly referred to by others (other states) as a “civil service state”, how do you intend to change this narrative? What measures would you put in place to create employment opportunities for people living here, aside the civil service?
There are 4 keys areas I will focus on to create jobs and grow the private sector. Attracting industries that depend on gas and to a lesser extent oil. Agriculture (palm production, cassava and fishing) and the value chain derivable from them. Power generation and finally micro, small and medium scale businesses.
A lot of youths have great business ideas but lack adequate funding. How would you utilize your office to help these youths achieve their dreams?
As Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment I managed a N2b facility at 9% lending rate targeted at Micro, Small and Medium Scale Businesses (MSME) in Bayelsa State. This facility was facilitated and guaranteed by the State Government but managed by micro finance banks and was able to provide loans to over 3,000 businesses. We will continue doing this. In addition, we will provide enterprise training and business clinics to teach business skills on a regular basis.
Mosttimes opportunities like this are gotten only by the “priviledged few” or mismanaged, how would you ensure the man or woman who doesn’t have connection to any government official can easily access this?
We followed strict guidelines laid down by the Central Bank from whom we borrowed the funds. This required that the loans be disbursed through a micro Finance bank which set out the criteria for accessing the loans. I would ensure this process is repeated.
How would you improve security in the state? Also, how do you intend to curtail cultist/robbery activities in the state?
The immediate task especially in Yenagoa is to ensure street lighting at least on major roads, in addition to providing streetlights, is to increase resources such as patrol vans across the city. Most importantly jobs are the key to curtailing cultism and crime.
Adequate Power supply is a great asset in a state. It can have tremendous effect on businesses and homes. How would you improve on this?
Bayelsa State falls under the distribution province of Port Harcourt Distribution Company (PHDC). Our policy therefore will be to work closely with PHDC to improve power supply in Bayelsa State. For businesses we will set up an industrial park to which uninterrupted power supply will be made utilizing gas from Shell or Agip.
During the tenure of the first governor of Bayelsa State……there were lots of scholarship opportunities and bursaries. What are your plans for providing easy access and better education for bayelsans?
The current funding model is the student loan scheme which has been set up already. This is more sustainable in the long term. The scholarship scheme as good as it is has been difficult to sustain because State Government income can be unpredictable. The Restoration Government also provided scholarships but had to stop when the economy had a recession in 2016.
What are your infrastructural plans for the state? Aside improving on the recently constructed airport, what major infrastructure (s) would you develop if elected as governor?
Continuing with the plans to ensure we reach the atlantic on 3 fronts. Brass, Koluama and Agge. In addition I will focus on rural infrastructure: more roads linking rural communities especially to help farmers bring out their produce to markets and earn more for their farm produce.
What is your vision for Bayelsa State?
My vision is to make Bayelsa State a model of an African economic success. This is anchored on qualitatively improving the opportunities for all to have a fair chance to succeed in life.
Exclusive Interview With CEO Xycinews, Naabiae Nenubari “The Blogger Scientist”
Momedia Exclusive Interview With CEO Xycinews – A Day With Naabiae Nenubari “The Blogger Scientists”, August 2019.
Aiming at hitting the web with the best of entertaining news, it is true that a candle in a dark room will always be spotted.
Today in the house is a Nigeria teenage blogger who has been doing so well and we have some questions for him.
This individual is Naabiae Nenubari also called the Blogger Scientist, the young brain behind Xycinews.com
Bloggers create engaging content for webpages or sites in an effort to attract more readers.
Let see how he has done this.
Q. Hello Naabiae Nenubari, can you briefly tell us about yourself?
A. Okay, well my name is Naabiae Nenubari. Though in my late teens now, i’m a blogger who is passionate about writing, and I do this at dark hours.
Q. Starting from your last sentence, tell us about your dark hours.
A. As a student and blogger, I personally have no time during the day after school for my blog. Subsequently, I make a plan to read my academic work from 7-10pm. Then my blogging from 1am-4am daily. That’s the dark hour story.
Q. What has been your most successful post?
A. I can tell exactly, am an SEO blogger and I make Google front page often. But I can recall an article about Joomta and lot others.
Q. Describe your writing process, from concept to publishing.
A. OK, I am actually a research blogger who don’t do copy and paste. I make research, the make so keywords research for ranking, integrate SEO and publish. It usually about 3-4 hours to publish a post.
Q. 3-4 hours, why so long for just a post, is it the SEO?
A. Sadly, for about two years I have being blogging with my phone, but I have adapted and hope for the best in the future when I have a laptop to reduce the load.
Q. How do you attract new readers? Describe the methods you’ve used and their impact on site traffic?
A. I actually let Google first page to do the attraction. But I make sure my article is captivating and engaging. This makes users comment and also return back.
Q. What is your blog about?
A. My blog Xycinews.com is primarily into writing reviews and exposing leaks. This is my little way of tackling web scams and protecting web users.
Q. What your future aim as a blogger?
A. In a simple sentence, I want to be known as Africa best leak and review blogger, not just a blogger scientist.
Q. How would you describe your blogging style?
A. It’s a stressful one, but passion and determination for a better future is like a back bone for me. My style is dark hours like i previously mentioned.
Q. If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
A. Ignore what so ever people say, if you have that passion and love for writing. I felt sad and discouraged when no one supported me, but today am happy.
It was nice having a teen who has decided to be a better youth rather than being a nuisance, we at Momedia appreciate your time and we wish xycinews the best.
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