The Bayelsa State Government on Wednesday, May 26, approved the award of contract for the construction of 20 new internal roads, as part of its urban renewal programme.
The government also approved the canalization of Ogbogoro river in Yenagoa Local Government Area in order to save the community from erosion.
The State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayiba Duba, stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after the 36th State Executive Council Meeting.
He was flanked at the briefing by his counterparts in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei and that of Environment, Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri.
“We want to inform Bayelsans and the general public that council deliberated on the serious erosion problem in Ogbogoro. You will recall that sometime in February this year, His Excellency had cause to visit that site.
“A whole chunk of the community had been washed away by erosion and something needed to be done. So today, the government has approved the award of a contract for canalization of the Ogbogoro river to take care of the erosion that has ravaged that community, which research has found is the cause of erosion.
“The Hon. Commissioner for Works presented a memo before the council. The council deliberated on it and also approved the award for the construction of 20 new internal roads in Yenagoa Metropolis”.
“You will recall that even before the prosperity government came on board, His Excellency, the Governor while campaigning had told Bayelsans that Yenagoa will have a new look and that is what we are doing. This is to add to what we are doing”, Dubs said.
Governor Douye Diri, who presided over the meeting said in his opening remarks that the ongoing urban renewal programme is intended to change the face of the state and enjoined everyone to embrace it.
“Recently, I have been inundated with a lot of complaints about our policy and what we are doing to bring Yenagoa to the city that we all desire. Even before creation, this was a policy that even our founding fathers had earlier adopted.
“We are not doing this to witch-hunt anybody. We are not doing this on the basis of political parties, and those who are holding that view today are completely wrong.
“We like to appeal to you to see the good in what your government is doing. We also appeal to all of us citizens, natives and non-natives alike, who are resident in Yenagoa, to key into the Urban Renewal Policy of this government and keep Yenagoa clean and safe”, he said.