Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, Tuesday commissioned the Barbie Place Supermarket, a private initiative situated at Ekeki area of the Melford Okilo Expressway, Yenagoa.
In his remarks, Hon. Dickson urged Bayelsans to emulate the owner of the venture by exploring the enabling environment created by Government to contribute their quota to the development of the State by engaging in small and medium scale enterprises.
“This is the kind of things we want to see in Bayelsa. We want our people to show enterprise. We want them to contribute and be part of our economy in this State. We don’t want to be bystanders and onlookers even in our local economy”.
The Governor stated that, his presence at the occasion was to encourage and support the private sector, noting that his administration was in the process of working out ways and means of helping local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses for the overall benefit of all.
He commended the Chief Executive Officer of Barbie Group of Companies, Mrs. Barbie Jitoboh for her unique style of supporting the State’s economy while also lauding her show of industry.
According to Gov Dickson, “ This is what we want to see in the new Bayelsa. We don’t want everybody to depend and look up to Government in this State. There is enough for people to do, to make a living and contribute to the States’ economy, and create wealth as well as employment opportunities for the people.
Governor Seriake Dickson also used the occasion to enjoin women in the State to be prepared to take advantage of Government’s empowerment programmes on small enterprises to improve themselves and their families.
He acknowledged their valuable contributions towards nation building, describing them as hardworking and dedicated mothers.
Earlier, the CEO of Barbie Group had informed Gov. Dickson that her business organization currently has a staff strength of four hundred and ten persons, adding that, the supermarket has variety of products ranging from household and office furniture, party items, dinner wares, boutique, stationery, groceries, cosmetics/jewelry and others items.
The Governor undertook a tour of the supermarket, which occupies the first and second floors of a 2-storey building at Ekeki.