Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said he was impressed with the pace of construction on the ongoing 21km Nembe-Brass road project.
Speaking in Nembe during a project inspection visit, Governor Diri said after he visited last month and complained about the extent of work compared to the N16 billion mobilisation already paid, the contractor had improved and can now justify the funds government committed to the project.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement on Saturday, quoted the governor as saying that given the huge cost of executing the project, the state government was open to partnership with the Federal Government and oil companies but insisted that his administration will do all within its power to ensure the project was completed with or without collaboration.
He re-assured the people of Bayelsa East that his administration will not play politics with the project or any developmental project, stressing that the government was desirous of meeting the needs of people of the state.
Diri noted that the three senatorial roads were crucial to the development of Bayelsa as they will open up the state for more development
He said: “We are doing this from the consciousness of developing our state. We are not playing politics with this road. The three senatorial roads are important to us as they will open up the state.
“The resources to construct the road are enormous. So, we expect the Federal Government and oil companies to support. But due to the importance of this road, whether they come or not, we are going ahead.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, an Estate Surveyor and Valuer, stated that work on the road was progressing as expected, saying the sand-filling will get to the adjoining road in a few days.
He explained that dredging was being done from kilometer two where there is a sand dump, assuring that before the end of the year, the entire 21 kilometer of the road would have been sand-filled.