Nembe/Brass Road: Gov. Diri Warns Against Sabotage
…..Says Payment Processes in Progress
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has warned those who are planning to sabotage the newly awarded Nembe/Brass road project to steer clear or face dire consequences.
Governor Diri, handed down the warning at an emergency State Executive Council meeting, held on Wednesday, at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor noted that from intelligence reports, it has come to the notice of the government that some youths from Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas are planning to impede the smooth execution of the project.
According to him, reports available to the government have revealed that there are plans to carry out kidnaps and other crimes to sabotage the project.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as calling on the leaders and youths of the two local governments to see the project as their own and take it upon themselves to defend what he described as theirs.
Governor Diri, while expressing his administration’s commitment to the take-off of the Nembe/Brass road, asserted that if the people of the area reject the project, the government would relocate it, but expressed optimism that they would do what is right.
He said “It has come to the notice of the government, intelligence reports about those who will continue to be enemies of progress. Enemies of progress who are meeting and planning to ensure that the road is not kick-started”
“And if the road kick starts, there are going to be impediments, such as kidnapping and criminal acts. Let me call on the youths of Nembe, the leaders of Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas, to see that project as their own project and anyone, a youth or whoever that would be an impediment, let the people of Nembe and Brass, take it upon themselves”
“As a government, we can only bring it to your domain, but if you reject that project, we will relocate it but the people I know of Nembe and Brass will not reject that project and they will take it as their own.
Senator Diri explained that, after due process in awarding the contract to Setraco Construction company, his government is finalizing the processes of payment in order for the project to take-off.
The state helmsman reiterated that, the even spread of projects, which is being witnessed and accepted by the people Bayelsa West and Central senatorial district, must be replicated by the people of the East senatorial district, particularly in Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas.
He stressed that government took the bull by the horns to award the project because it is aware of the untold hardships the people of the two local government areas are passing through in the hands of sea pirates and other criminally minded individuals.
“Government will do what it is saddled to do. For us to take that decision in the state executive council, is because we also know that our people are suffering in that axis”
“We have three senatorial axis, and two senatorial roads are in progress, and it is only fair that we take the third senatorial district along. And that is where we all agreed to award that project, even though it had suffered setbacks over the years as a federal government road” he said.