By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State government yesterday said the home of the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson is among the 4,350 houses earmarked for demolition in some parts of the state due to the ongoing massive road construction proposed for the state.
The government also presented a cheque to road contractors, Julius Berger and others for the various road projects being executed in various parts of the state.
Speaking at the Monthly Transparency Briefing of the State Government, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Erudjakpor said though the numbers of houses earmarked for demolition have not been concluded and compensation paid, the issue of demolition is part of the sacrifice expected from Bayelsans for the total infrastructural development of the state.
Erudjakpor said the home of the state governor at the Akenfa suburb of the state along the Mbiama-Yenagoa road has not been finally declared for demolition but the final analysis indicated that it may be affected.
According to him, over 4,000 houses would be demolished in the state capital, while over 350 houses would be demolished in the home town of the state governor.
”A total of 4,000 houses have been earmarked for demolition and a total sum of N515.4million to be paid as compensation. In some areas,the state government will not pay compensation based on the fact that the sites are on the right of way of the state government. The governor’s house in Akenfa is also been looked at and if it is concluded that it crossed the right of way of the state, it will be demolished. At Toru Orua community, we have earmarked over 350 houses for demolition and over N134million to be paid as compensation,” he said.
Earlier in his presentation of the July account of the state, the state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah, said though there were deductions from the state accounts and loans being paid by the state,the amount avalaible to the state as savings is about N20billion.