Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, February 19, flagged-off a strategic bridge in Bayelsa State, sixty years after it wasc onceptualized.
The bridge links the riverine Oporoma community, the headquarters of the largest local government area in Nigeria, Southern Ijaw
The ground-breaking ceremony, which was held at the riverside town of Angiama, was preceded by a historic drive on the Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie road, that the construction has reached Angiama.
Osinbajo praised Governor Douye Diri for continuing projects that predated his administration, saying the 36km Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie road was significant as it will improve the economy of the people and reduce the incidence of sea piracy.
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According to him, the partnership between the federal and state governments was working as evidenced in the refund of money spent by the state government on federal roads, assuring that the Federal Government will continue to support the state to enable it meet its developmental aspirations.
Osinbajo said the rural communities in Southern Ijaw were hosts to the nation’s oil and gas wealth and therefore deserved developmental projects such as the historic road.
“Let me thank my brother, Governor Diri, for inviting me to be part of the second-anniversary celebrations and the traditional rulers for the title conferred on me.
“I also bring you warm greetings from President (Muhammadu) Buhari. I am, of course, very excited to join you on this project. Driving through the road, I appreciate the wonderful gift that nature has bestowed on the state.
“There will be no inclusive prosperity without linking communities by road. So this project is very important. We must commend our dear brother, Governor Diri and his team for continuing with this project that has been on the drawing board for over 60 years.
“The partnership between the federal and state government is working as evidenced in the refund of money used by the state for federal roads. We are confident that what your administration has started will be completed at the highest quality”.
Diri, in his remarks described the flag-off of the link bridge as significant to the people of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area given the fact that it has been on the drawing board for over 60 years.
The governor said despite the daunting hurdles and notwithstanding the lean financial situation of the state, his Prosperity Government decided to prioritise the completion of the Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie road in furtherance of a strategic government master plan.