The Bayelsa State Executive Council has approved the award of contracts for the construction of internal roads in Yenagoa, the State capital and the headquarters of all the eight Local Government Areas in the State.
It also approved contracts for some selected roads within the State and the road linking the old and new campuses of the State-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of the State.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the 28th session of the State Executive Council meeting on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha equally announced that a supplementary budget proposal for 2013 has been forwarded to the State House of Assembly for consideration and passage into law
He explained that, the budgetary proposal was aimed at facilitating the completion of ongoing developmental projects spread across the State.
According to him, ‘the proposals, based on the initiatives, projects and programmes are consistent with the provision of the State Medium Term expenditure Framework, (MTEF) 2013-2015, the State Medium Term Sector Strategies, (MTSS) 2013-2015 for the MDAs involved and the State’s Medium Term Fiscal Strategy, (MTFS) 2013-2015.
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ehwrhudjakpo said Imgbi road, which is in the Amarata area of the State capital would be used as the standard for all the internal roads to be constructed and expanded.
According to him, the decision was in line with the dream of the Restoration Government to make the State the Dubai of Africa.
He appealed to the people of the State to discard the notion that the demolition of structures obstructing the right of way is politically motivated.
The Commissioner pleaded with owners of the affected buildings that are marked for demolition to cooperate with the Government, noting that they would be duly compensated.
He disclosed that the present administration has paid compensation to owners of land acquired for road construction, stressing that, the exercise was carried out without any ill motive.
Speaking in the same vein, the Commissioner for Special Duties, (Federal projects), Mr. Gesiye Isowo said the present administration is perfecting plans to de-congest major roads in the State capital.
He said this would be achieved through the opening up of more roads, thereby, calling for active participation of the residents in this regards.
As part of the administration empowerment programme, the State executive council, according to the Commissioner, the government has approved award of Quick win projects.
In its bid to improve on the sanitation situation in the State, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Sylvanus Abila threatened that; Government would henceforth enforce the relevant sanitation laws.
He said, sanitation equipment was being procured for effective disposal of waste, stressing that landlords would be involved in waste management.
In addition, he said Government would soon embark on house numbering exercise within the State capital.
Thanking the people of the State for their support, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief. Fred Agbedi disclosed that the Governor would soon embark on a thank you tour of the eight Local Government Areas of the State and would use the opportunity to commission some projects.