GOV DICKSON SIGNS PHYSICAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BILL INTO LAW TO ADDRESS URBAN, REGIONAL PLANNING, SCRAPS CCDA
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Monday signed the State Physical Planning and Development Bill into law, aimed at addressing urban, regional and physical planning, in line with his administration’s policy of transforming the entire Bayelsa landscape.
Appending his signature on the bill in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Dickson said, the essence of the bill was not only to tackle the issue of physical planning, but also to strengthen its revenue generation drive, towards boosting the internally generated revenue base.
According to the Governor, the establishment of the new law has harmonized all the existing legislations in the defunct Capital City Development Authority, CCDA to be administered by a board at the State level, while the local planning authorities would oversee the same assignment at the local government level.
Governor Dickson also urged intending development partners as well as oil companies operating in the state to abide by the Physical Planning and Development Law as responsible corporate citizens of the State by paying levies as at when due.
To this end, he announced the appointment of Chief Iboro Ige Idaba, as the Executive Secretary of the board, while Engineer Charles Dorgu is to serve as its chairman, assuring that other members of the board would be announced at a later date.
His words: “With the establishment of this bill, the stage is set for development partners as well as those already doing business in Bayelsa and several other oil operators, who hitherto, were operating outside our laws; hopefully will comply with our laws as responsible corporate citizens and pay their levies and bills as and when due.
“The board will be in charge at the state level and in the case of the local government areas, the local planning authorities will oversee their activities. I hereby appoint the Executive Secretary of the defunct CCDA Chief Iboro Ige Idaba to serve as Executive Secretary of the body created by this law.
Governor Dickson commended the leadership of the State Assembly for its ingenuity and dedication, stating that, the bill was initiated by the Assembly, as part of efforts towards promoting accountability and good governance.
Presenting the Physical Planning and Development Bill for accent, Speaker of the Bayelsa State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson explained that, the passage of the new bill brings to 49 the total number of bills considered by the House.
“The bill will provide the government with the enabling environment to map out residential, industrial and recreational areas in the state and enhance the aesthetic beauty of the entire state,” the Speaker added.