Bight Newspaper reports that the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the appointment of Tariye Gbadegesin as the Chief Executive Officer of the global organisation, Climate Investment Funds (CIF), will inspire many from her home state of Bayelsa, Nigeria as well as the African continent.

Governor Diri stated this in a congratulatory message he personally signed, describing Tariye as the proverbial apple that does not fall far off the tree, in reference to her parents, Prof. Turner and Prof. Miriam Isoun.

The Bayelsa governor said he received the news with excitement.

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He said: “I received the news of your appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) with much excitement.

“This is particularly heartwarming for us in Bayelsa State knowing that you are the first African to be appointed to such a globally-esteemed office.

“It is even more significant coming at a time global attention is focused on the issues of climate change, global warming and environmental pollution at the ongoing COP 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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“I am indeed proud that a daughter of Odi community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of our state has gone ahead to become a global citizen by dint of hard work and commitment to excellence.

“This appointment will inspire many of our people, Nigerians and Africans to continually strive for excellence.

“It is just as gratifying that your parents are renowned academics and trailblazers. As it is said, “the apple does not fall far off the tree.” You are indeed a chip off the old block.

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“On behalf of the Government and People of Bayelsa State, I congratulate you, Tariye Gbadegesin, your father, Prof. Turner Isoun, who was the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University, a former Minister of Science and Technology and founder of the Niger Delta Weltands Centre located in Yenagoa as well as your mother, Prof. Miriam Isoun, a renowned scientist and researcher.

“Again, congratulations Tariye!”

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