Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has ordered the immediate disbursement of N500 million as compensation to owners of buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the second flyover bridge to be constructed in the State capital at the Tombia/Etegwe axis of Yenagoa.
Governor Dickson who gave the directive at the weekend
when he undertook an on the spot assessment of the site of the project, explained that he decided to personally visit and assess the extent of the project as well as the number of structures earmarked for demolition before the commencement of work.
Hon. Dickson urged those whose property would be affected to bear with Government and see it as a necessary sacrifice for the on-going infrastructural development of the State, noting that the demolition exercise would take place in three weeks time.
He however stated that Government was not under any obligation to pay the market value of properties to be demolished but rather was obliged by law to pay what is fair, adequate and prompt in terms of compensation.
“I have asked the agencies of Government to begin the disbursement of N500 million for the compensation that will be paid. And, I want to urge all those who will be affected to cooperate with the agencies that will handle that process from next week, so, that in the next two or three weeks the contractors can move in, to begin the demolition and site preparation for this important work.
“The team that will begin the payment of the compensation will get cracking. And, even if what you think is not up to what you expected, accept it in good faith. We do not have an obligation to pay the market value, but what we have obligation to do under the law, is to pay a fair, adequate and prompt compensation which is what we are prepared to do”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor said the construction of the facility at Etegwe roundabout was intended to ease traffic in the area as a result of the adjoining roads.
He explained that many buildings have been marked for demolition to pave way for the execution of what he described as, massive flyover bridge by Julius Berger Plc and attributed the delay in the take off of the project to issues of compensation and right of way
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State