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Bayelsa govt reiterates commitment to link senatorial zones by road


YENAGOA – The Bayelsa government on Saturday said it was working hard to link the three senatorial zones in the state by road for accelerated economic growth.
Mr Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo, the state’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Development, made the disclosure in Yenagoa after inspecting some ongoing projects in the state.
Ehwrudjakpo said that the importance of roads, seaports and airports to economic development all over the world could not be over-emphasised.
He added that “roads and airports are major means of transportation in Nigeria and most part of Africa and these are necessary in efforts to woo investors.
“I must say that we are on top of the game to link the central and the east senatorial district to the west by road to create an enabling environment for business.
“It is necessary to link the three zones because this will help us to tap into most of our wealth in coastal areas.
“We are doing all these to reposition Bayelsa as one of the economic hubs in Africa. The road construction at the central district is in progress.
“At the east senatorial zone in Nembe Local Government Area, the intention was to hand-over the road in December 2014 but shifted to match 2015 due to difficult terrain.
“I believe when those roads are completed, people can get to Nembe and other communities in the state easily and move about with ease.’’
The commissioner said that in the west, the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in Sagbama Local Council had also gone far “and we will achieve our dream of linking the three senatorial zones.’’
On the cost of the project, Ehwrudjakpo said it would be revealed when compiled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the projects inspected were the new governor/deputy governor’s office, first fly-over bridge and tower hotel.
Others include the Bayelsa palm-Elebele road and bridge, cargo international airport, ecumenical centre and Opolo-AIT road.
Commending the massive infrastructural development in the state, Mr Tonye Bernard, an indigene, described the projects, especially the roads as “good omen” to the people of Bayelsa.
Bernard urged indigenes of the state to support the restoration initiative of the present government to move Bayelsa forward.
He said infrastructure was key to boosting agriculture and other businesses.
He added that “with these developments, our crops from farms will be easily transported to the cities and across the nation.’’ (NAN)

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