Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has disclosed that his administration would soon come up with a number of urban renewal projects in Yenagoa to enhance the aesthetic beauty of the state capital.
Governor Diri made the disclosure when members of the past state working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) visited him in Government House, Yenagoa.
According to the governor, the construction of a flyover and expansion of the roundabout at Edepie would form part of the projects that will receive the needed priority attention.
The governor’s Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah in a statement, noted that the expansion of the Etegwe/Edepie roundabout would precede the construction work on the flyover to ease traffic in the area.
He assured that despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that have slowed down activities globally, the government was poised to initiate projects that would bring about overall development to the state.
He expressed his administration’s determination to give a facelift to the capital city as evident in the ongoing demolition of illegal structures that had defaced Yenagoa metropolis.
His words: “Even in the face of COVID-19, we have decided to do some preparatory things, which I hear are going down well with our people. We are not just pulling down illegal structures but also sanitising our city.
“Work will start on the expansion of the Etegwe/Edepie roundabout in no distant time. Also, we intend to build a car park at the market at Swali, which is the largest in Yenagoa, and fence it off to ensure a healthy environment.
“Our government is on track. We are not looking at celebrating 100 days in office because globally, economies are at a standstill as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. But rather we are expecting to celebrate our achievements in another one to three years’ time.”
Commenting on the issue of appointments into his government, Diri noted that at the appropriate time, persons that are passionate about the development of the state and the party would be brought on board.
“We are not going to do secret appointments. Party stakeholders are being consulted to bring into government persons that would have development uppermost on their minds.”
He charged the leaders of the party to extend a hand of fellowship olive branch to those who had left, pointing out that the onerous task of strengthening the party towards achieving greater successes is a collective mandate.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Chief Felix Omemu, pledged their commitment to work with the administration to achieve set goals.
Chief Omemu congratulated Diri on his election victory at the Supreme Court and prayed God to grant him wisdom to pilot the ship of state to greater heights.
Also contributing, the former Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Chief Fyneman Wilson, said as party men, they would join hands with the governor and his team to build a formidable party.