Reasons for Starting the Nembe-Brass Road Project – Governor Diri

Oct 2, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

Senator Douye Diri, the governor of Bayelsa State, stated that his administration’s decision to build the Nembe-Brass road was not influenced by politics but rather by the road’s potential economic benefits for the state and the nation.

The project, a federal road in the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, was chosen by Governor Diri because he was determined to open up access to the Atlantic Ocean and take advantage of its rich natural resources.

In advance of the November 11 governorship election, Senator Diri made this statement on Saturday while leading the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign team to the palace of the Okpo XXI of the Okpoama Kingdom, King Ebitimi Banigo, at Okpoama in the state’s Brass Local Government Area.

Chief Timipre Sylva, a candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), is from Okpoama.

According to a statement from his chief press secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the governor stressed the need to diversify the state’s economy away from crude oil and gas as they were dwindling resources. The governor launched his reelection campaigns at the weekend from the Brass council area.

He said that during his time as the Ijaw National Congress (INC) first national organising secretary, he had become aware of the extent of poverty and underdevelopment in Ijawland and had vowed to change the narrative if given the chance to serve the people.

“When I became governor, I wrote to the federal government and the Nigeria Agip Oil Company on the need to work with the state government to construct the three important senatorial roads,” claims Senator Diri. Given that the projects’ costs total hundreds of billions of naira, the Bayelsa government needs help to complete them.

The Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie and Sagbama-Ekeremor-Agge roads are also included in this list of projects. Still, when I realised nothing was happening and my tenure was time-limited, I had to take the bull by the horns.

“The Nembe-Brass road is not a politically motivated undertaking. The Bayelsa East Senatorial District and Okpoama residents can thank me for bringing this major project to them.

Assuring his administration would not give up on any project, Diri said he would complete the three expensive senatorial roads even if it meant borrowing money.

“I’m here to ask you to serve another term. I do not want to abandon projects. This has to do with the future and growth of our people.

“You already have a governor who is carrying out your wishes. The Nembe-Brass road is currently being constructed as we speak.

The state’s helmsman urged them to maintain the current peace in the state before, during, and after the election while thanking the Okpoama monarch, the council of chiefs, and other stakeholders for their royal blessings and warm welcome.

He argued that people should be able to cast their ballots without being harassed. He warned that any traditional ruler who colludes to disturb the peace risks being overthrown by his administration.

In response to community requests, Diri gave the Bayelsa State Community Safety Corps coordinator the order to give the Okpoama Police Divisional Command a Hilux vehicle right away.

Additionally, he pledged to look into the concerns raised by the construction of the Okpoama link road and the maritime academy.

In addition, Mitema Obordor, Director General of the Governor Diri Governorship Campaign Council, stated in his speech that the governor deserved a second term because Bayelsans had experienced peace and meaningful projects and programmes during the nearly four years of the Diri administration.

King Ebitimi Banigo’s representative at the Okpoama Council of Chiefs, Chief Paul Omubo Suobagha, stressed the value of the Nembe-Brass road in his remarks by saying that they eagerly anticipate travelling there.

He urged the state government to dredge the Okpoama main creek, give the police patrol cars, and carry out the Okpoama link road’s original plan.

The governor also inaugurated a 700-meter concrete road, spoke at a PDP rally in the community square where he welcomed a large number of APC defectors, and gave a technical college scholarship to a young boy named Clement Ayibatonye Young for his work in building a boat and swamp buggy out of fibre materials.

At Twon-Brass, a sizable group of party members and supporters also welcomed the campaign trail.

Diri announced at the palace of King Alfred Diete-Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, that he would seek a partnership to start a shoreline protection project for the seat of the local government.

On Friday, Senator Diri’s supporters made their voices heard on the campaign trail in the communities of Ogbokiri and Sangana.

The governor opened several constituency projects in Sangana, including a landing jetty, internal roads and bridges, a police station, a market, a one-story classroom block at the community secondary school, and solar street lights. Speaker of the House of Assembly Abraham Ingobere carried out these projects.

The Ogbokiri/Minibie link road is one of the ongoing road projects that he also inspected.

On Saturday, the governor also dedicated a concrete road in the community of Egweama.

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