BAYELSA State deputy governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) on Monday urged the course participants of the National Defence College, Abuja, to make a special case for the Niger Delta region in terms of funding to tackle the developmental challenges in the area. Jonah, who stated this when he received in his office the Course 25 participants of the college, noted that Bayelsa was a predominantly riverine area endowed with vast natural resources, particularly oil and gas, which requires special funding for development. Applauding the progress made by the college, the deputy governor
commended the college for upholding the reforms he introduced when he was commandant of the institution and was proud to always identify with the college.   He expressed the hope that the tour of the state would afford the course participants the opportunity to better appreciate the problems militating against the development of the state and called for an objective representation of the environment, achievements, challenges and cultural heritage of the people.   Rear Admiral Jonah intimated the course participants with some of the achievements of the restoration government, noting that the state’s economic team would interface with them on the economic policies targeted at the state’s economic diversification
efforts. The deputy governor, who wished the course participants successful tour of the state, enjoined them to proffer solutions that could assist the state in actualising its development agenda. Earlier in his remarks, the team leader of the Course 25 participants of the National Defence College, Abuja, Brig. Gen. Martins Enendo said the theme of this year’s study tour was ‘Food Security and National Development: the Role of States.’ The team leader said agriculture had been identified as one of the key sectors through which the country could diversify its economy, especially when Nigeria is grappling with the current economic recession. He also informed that the tour was expected to last for 11 months.