The Bayelsa State Government has revoked two road contracts due to the poor performance of the contractors handling the projects.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Markson Fefegha, who announced this in Yenagoa last Saturday, named the roads as the Nembe-Brass road and the Etegwe-Tombia road.
He said that the decision to terminate the road contracts was taken at the state executive council’s meeting on Friday.
Fefegha said that Moreno Construction Company (MCC), the contractor handling the N42 billion Nembe-Brass road project, lacked the technical capacity to complete the road.
He added that the contract for the Etegwe-Tombia road project was also terminated on the same grounds of incompetence on the part of the contractors.
“The present administration is absolutely ready to do away with briefcase-carrying contractors, who had retarded the development drive of successive administrations in Bayelsa.’’
Fefegha said that there was nothing on the ground to justify the N6.8 billion paid by the previous state administration to MCC, when government officials visited the site.
Contract for the Nembe-Brass road project was awarded in 2007.
Police Recover Stolen SUV, AK 47 Rifle In Delta
The Police Command in Delta State on Saturday recovered a stolen SUV car and AK 47 riffle from suspected criminals in two separate operations in the state.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta Command, DSP Edafe Bright, disclosed this in a statement in Warri.
Bright said the SUV was recovered on July 23 by the police crack team attached to the Ebrumede Division, near Warri.
“On July 23 at about 4:00 p.m, the DPO, Ebrumede Division, SP Bolarinwa Alabi, while on a stop and search duty with a crack team attached to the Division at one of the black spots close to DSC Roundabout, Warri, flagged down a vehicle for check but the driver refused to stop and rather zoomed off.
“The DPO quickly led the crack team and went after the vehicle.
“The occupants of the vehicle, realising that the police were not relenting, abandoned the Toyota RAV4 Jeep with Lagos registration number EPE 949 FF and fled,” he said.
Bright said a master key was recovered from the vehicle.
He added that investigation later revealed that the Jeep was stolen from where it was parked on July 23.
Bright said that the police had launched a manhunt for the fleeing criminals.
He added that the DPO, Sapele Division, CSP Harrison Nwabuisi, led a crack team attached to the Division to recover AK47 from a suspect at Ugbeyiyi area of Sapele.
“On July 23 at about 2130hrs, the DPO Sapele Division received a distress call from someone in the Ugbeyiyi area of Sapele and immediately led the crack team attached to the division to the area.
“The suspect, who wrapped an object in a caftan dress, on sighting the police took to his heels, but was chased into a nearby bush where he dropped the wrapped object and escaped.
“When the wrapped object was uncovered, one AK 47 rifle with one live ammunition was recovered.
“The rifle with breach number 06957 was without magazine but had already been corked. The ammunition was in the chamber,” Bright said.
Monarch Charges FG, Others On Abandoned Road Projects
The people of Ogbia kingdom in Bayelsa state have called on the trio of the Federal,Bayelsa state governments and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to continue as well as re-award and complete projects of all roads contracts abandoned in the kingdom.
Speaking with journalists during a courtesy call, the Obanobhan of Ogbia kingdom, Dumaro Charles Owaba, berated the trio for not considering the aftermaths effects of abandoning infrastructural projects in the communities and on the people of the kingdom.
He alleged that there was an instance where in 2015, the NDDC awarded an eight kilometer, road, expected to link Otakeme-Otabi-Otuogidi communities of the kingdom,but abandoned it after making budgetary approvals to a certain undisclosed amount for the project.
The monarch, who also condemned the slow paced and incomplete Okaki-Kolo-Nembe road project, called on the Federal Government and its relevant agencies to prevail on the contractor to come back to cite, with a view to completing it.
“In Ogbia kingdom today, there’s no single motorable road. The road from Edepie-Yenagoa-Ogbia is in complete state of disrepair, the one linking Onuebum and Otuoke communities has been badly damaged, and therefore has become a death trap, especially with the floods coming,
“As a people, we’re very well abreast with what’s happening in our domain. The road which was supposed to link Otabi from Otakeme community through Otuogidi, co-host community of the Otabagi (Oloibiri oil wells) was awarded by the NDDC in 2015,monies were appropriated for it, but after the release of the first and second tranches of the funds for it, the ghost contractor ran out of cite and all efforts to know the identity of the said contractor has been abortive,
“It’s even worst for the Anyama clan of Ogbia kingdom. They’re completely inaccessible by road. But I was informed the immediate past Governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, awarded the contract for the construction of a road from Yenagoa to that part of my kingdom. However, as we speak there’s no meaningful work done there”, he said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Bayelsa Has Potential For Greatness – Envoy
South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Kim Young-Chae, has said Bayelsa State had the potential to be as developed as his country of origin.
Speaking in Government House, Yenagoa, as guest of the state government, Ambassador Young-Chae said his visit was a follow-up to his recent meeting with Governor Douye Diri in Abuja to further explore areas of partnership between the state and the Republic of Korea.
He noted that Bayelsa and South Korea shared a lot of similarities, which he said would make economic co-operation between both parties beneficial.
The envoy, who is on a two-day visit to the state, identified agriculture, construction and manufacturing as some of the areas of co-operation, expressing the readiness of his country to make the partnership a reality.
He commended the progress being made by the Diri administration, saying with the enthusiasm of the governor, Bayelsa can grow like South Korea, which, according to him, was a poor country until it explored and exploited its potential.
Responding, Governor Douye Diri expressed the willingness of the state to forge economic relationship with South Korea as a way of harnessing its potential.
The governor stressed that Bayelsa was peaceful and open for business even as he expressed the optimism that by partnering with one of Asia’s economic giants, Bayelsa can move from poverty to riches.
Describing Bayelsa as an agrarian state, he said the state was interested in partnering with South Korea in agriculture and other areas of economic development.
“Bayelsa is peaceful, safe and open for business. Having listened to you, we are sure that we are on the right track. By partnering with you, Bayelsa can go far. We can move away from poverty to riches like South Korea with this partnership. You have mentioned areas of partnership, especially in agriculture, and we are very ready.
“We also have the Agge deep seaport project. That is one area we like to partner with you. We believe that working with South Korea, we would make progress and deepen our friendship”, he said.
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