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Why Bayelsa lacks facilities, by Commissioner

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Emmanuel Frank-Opigo, yesterday, blamed the lack of infrastructural development in the state on fall in allocation from the Federation Account.

Frank-Opigo stated this while responding to questions from  journalists, after a tour of some state government project sites in the state.

The Independent Monitoring team led by the chairman of the Federated Correspondents Chapel, Mr. Kola Oredipe, expressed concern over the poor state of the state government projects in spite of claims by some officials of the present administration in the state.

The project sites visited include the International Model School project at Sagbama, the International Airport project along the Okordia/Zarama area of the East-West Road, the Ikoli bridge project, the Plastic Industry and some of the internal roads in the state.

It was observed during the tour that most of the project sites have been abandoned by contractors due to the non-availability of funds while some of the contractors mobilised by the state government have since abandoned sites over controversial contractual matters and lackluster attitude of some state government officials.

At most of the project sites, particularly at the Plastic Industry, there was no sign of work,  while the project site along the Elebele Road has been taken over by a thick forest, infested with dangerous reptiles with the roof of the complex blown open  by storm.


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