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Why I Am Building A Road To The Community Of Former Governor Timipre Sylva – Diri

Oct 2, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri said his administration built the Nembe-Brass road, which passes Timipre Sylva’s community, for economic reasons.

Governor Diri wanted to access the Atlantic Ocean to harness its abundant natural resources, so he started the federal road project in Bayelsa East Senatorial District.

Diri said this while leading the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign team to the palace of Okpo XXI of Okpoama Kingdom, King Ebitimi Banigo, in Brass LGA before the November 11 governorship election.

Timipre Sylva, the APC candidate, is from Okpoama.

According to his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, the governor, who began his re-election campaign from Brass council at the weekend, stressed the need to diversify the state’s economy away from crude oil and gas, which were fading assets.

He noted that as pioneer National Organising Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), he had seen poverty and underdevelopment in Ijaw Land and vowed to change the narrative if God allowed him to serve the people.

Diri said, “When I became governor, I wrote to the federal government and Nigeria Agip Oil Company to work with the state to build the three critical senatorial roads.”

These hundreds of billions of naira projects are too expensive for the Bayelsa government.

“When nothing was coming forth, and knowing that my tenure was time-bound, I became very ambitious and had to take the bull by the horns to undertake these projects, which also include the Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie and Sagbama-Ekeremor-Agge roads.

“The Nembe-Brass road is not political. As my major project, I brought it to Okpoama and the Bayelsa East Senatorial District.”

Diri said his administration would finish the three major senatorial roads even if he had to borrow.

“I request a second term. I want to finish projects. This concerns our people’s future.

“Your governor is already doing what you want. The Nembe-Brass road is under construction.”

The state’s helmsman thanked the Okpoama monarch, council of chiefs, and other stakeholders for their royal blessings and warm reception. He urged them to maintain peace before, during, and after the election.

He asked that people be allowed to campaign without molestation and warned that any traditional ruler who breaks the peace risks being dethroned by his administration.

Diri ordered the Bayelsa State Community Safety Corps coordinator to give the Okpoama Police Divisional Command a Hilux vehicle at the community’s request.

He promised to investigate the Okpoama Maritime Academy and link road issues.

Mitema Obordor, Director General Diri Governorship Campaign Council, said Bayelsans had seen peace, meaningful projects, and programmes in almost four years of Diri’s administration, so the governor deserved another term.

The Okpoama Council of Chiefs chairman, Chief Paul Omubo Suobagha, who represented King Ebitimi Banigo, stressed the importance of the Nembe-Brass road and looked forward to driving to their hometown.

He requested that the state government dredge the Okpoama main creek, provide police patrol vehicles, and build the link road as planned.

In addition to addressing a PDP rally at the community square, the governor inaugurated a 700-meter concrete road. He awarded a technical college scholarship to Clement Ayibatonye Young, a young boy who built a boat and swamp buggy from fibre materials.

Many party members and supporters welcomed the campaign trail at Twon-Brass.

Diri said he would seek a partnership for a local government headquarters shoreline protection project at the palace of King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass.

Ogbokiri and Sangana residents supported Senator Diri’s re-election on Friday.

The governor inaugurated a landing jetty, internal roads and bridges, a police post, a market, a one-story classroom block at the community secondary school, and solar street lights in Sangana, executed by Speaker of the House of Assembly Abraham Ingobere.

He inspected road projects like the Ogbokiri/Minibie link.

The governor also opened a concrete road in Egweama on Saturday.

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