GOV DICKSON SAYS THE COMPLETION 3 SENATORIAL ROADS IS KEY TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF BAYELSA STATE
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has reaffirmed his administration’s desire to collaborate with the Federal Government and the private sector to unertake the construction of some key road projects in the State.
The Governor, who made the declaration when the Minister of Works, Architect Mike Onolememen visited him in Government House, Yenagoa, noted that, the three senatorial roads to Brass, Koluama and Agge were critical to the socio economic development of the State, stressing that, the completion of the roads will also check crime and criminality in the waterways.
“Crime and criminality will thrive in these areas, if these roads are not constructed, and that is why the state government is embarking on the construction of roads and roads”.
Underscoring the need for collaborative efforts, he noted that, the peculiar terrain of the area and the heavy financial cost of the three projects, was beyond the capability of the State Government alone, pointing out that, the State has already made significant progress by embarking on the initial sections of the roads to Nembe, Oporoma and Ekeremor.
Governor Dickson explained that, the government has demonstrated its commitment to the projects by taking the Bayelsa East Senatorial road to Nembe, while the bridge linking Oporoma that will eventually lead to Ukubie and Koluama in the Central will soon commence, while that of the West is approaching Ekeremor, with sanding filling to be completed in a few months time.
“The three major senatorial roads are very expensive because of the terrain of the state and we need the collaboration of the federal government, which underscores the serious need for the construction of roads in the state.
“The bridge linking Oporoma will be constructed, that will also lead to Koluama, just as the one leading to Agge and Brass, all these senatorial roads will enable us hit the Atlantic
The Bayelsa State chief Executive also comended the leadership of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), describing it as a reliable outfit and partner, noting that, the Igbogene/Mbiama road it undertook, is a gateway that will bring development to the State.
Earlier, in his remarks, the Minister of Works, Arch Mike Onolememen intimated the Governor that, he was in the State to commision the Mbiama/Igbogene dual carriage way that was embarked upon by FERMA as well as flag off the Bayelsa Palm/Elebele/Imiringi road, which has been awarded to CCECC for a cost of N26b, with a completion period of 30 months.
The Works Minister, who lauded Governor Dickson’s achievements in the development of critical infrastructure across the State, disclosed that, the Federal Government has commenced the design of the phase two of the Bayelsa Palm/Elebele/Imiringi road, expected to terminate in Brass.