Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has called on the Federal government to make their presence felt in the state especially in the area of road construction, power and housing. The governor made this known when he received the Minster for Power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and his team at the governor’s conference room in Yenagoa.
The governor says the state is in dire need of infrastructural development of which a bulk of these projects are Federal projects, stating that Bayelsa state is surrounded by water and it takes a lot of sand filling to successfully erect a building which costs a lot of money which the state does not have but is left with no choice especially with a government that is proactive.
Citing some of the areas that needs Federal intervention, Governor Dickson mentioned the three senatorial roads which needs to be done to aid vehicular and business activities, the need for a federal housing even though the state has already taking a proactive step investing in a housing plan, and a constant power supply which can be done by the minister as it is all encompassed in his official portfolio.
Governor Dickson says the state is ready to work and partner with the ministry to give the state a better look and Bayelsans a better life as it has always yearned for massive development since the creation of the state.
Responding, the Minister, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) confirmed that his visit is an eye opener as he has seen some Federal projects that have been abandoned, some of which are caused by the recession, citing the east-west road linking Bayelsa and Rivers. He says that after a meeting with the contractors, they would resume work on these roads, as provisions would be made to facilitate the job.
Fashola also added that henceforth, Bayelsans would feel the presence of the Federal government in the area of works, housing and power, and thanked the governor for the warm reception.
Speaking to newsmen after the visit, commissioner for information and orientation, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite thanked the minister for coming, saying that there is no better time to have such a delegation from the Federal government to look into the affairs of the state than now.
Obuebite says that with a peaceful state like Bayelsa, the only war that the government is fighting is that of development in all sectors and with the intervention of the Federal government, this world will begin to see Bayelsa as a hub for business and tourist activities.