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Bayelsa Earmarks N2.5bn For Topography Mapping

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The Bayelsa government is to spend about N2.5 billion on mapping the topography of the state for effective planning and implementation of cities and towns, including Yenagoa, the state capital.

The state Commissioner for Capital City Development, Hon. Zuwa Konugha, disclosed this in Yenagoa on Monday when he received the mapping plan proposal from an Abuja-based firm, SIRAJ Group of Companies.

Also present at the ceremony were the commissioners of Lands and Survey, Mr Furoebi Akene and that of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lawrence Erudjakpo.

Konugha said that the idea of engaging development experts was to ensure the institution of a good land registry in the state, adding that discussions had commenced with SIRAJ Consulting Engineering Company on modalities for the execution of the project.

He said: “Bayelsa Government wants to ensure that a computerised data base is established where people will have access to land registry and Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O). “This government is poised to develop the state to a 21st century urban city through the Bayelsa Geographical Information System (BGIS) and even replicate what is seen in our Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. “The government cannot achieve this alone that is why we are engaging the development experts.’’

Konugha said that the project would create jobs for Bayelsans at various levels.

While presenting the proposal, Mr Roland Klaus of SIRAJ company described it as a comprehensive platform comprising a digital process that would empower the government with actionable data.

Klaus said that the digital aerial mapping would aid planning, construction and implementation of government projects with ease.

He said that SIRAJ was in Bayelsa to render services in line with Gov Seriake Dickson’s Restoration Agenda to move the state forward.

“The governor is determined to change the present look of Bayelsa, and we are here to help him actualise that dream through effective planning.’’

According to him, the company has been in Nigeria since 1992 and currently operates in 10 states as well as Abuja.

The proposed project is part of the state government’s efforts to curb the perennial flooding in the state.

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Monarch Charges FG, Others On Abandoned Road Projects

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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

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Bayelsa Has Potential For Greatness – Envoy

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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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CRSG Targets 900,000 Children For Immunization

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Cross River State Government has expressed readiness to immunise 900,000 children against polio during the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week in the state.
The Director General of Cross River Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, disclosed this on Thursday in Calabar during the inauguration of the Inactivated Polio Virus 2 (IPV2) at the Bogobiri Hausa settlement area in Calabar.
Ekpenyong said that in addition to the immunisation, the children would also be given Vitamin A and other supplements to boost
their immunity.
According to her, 3,000 women will be given free healthcare, mosquito nets and free drugs during the week.
She said that the essence of the inauguration of the IPV2 was to reach out to mothers and children across the state with the needed health services they deserved.
She noted that during the exercise, malnourished children would also be reached with a view to enhancing their nutritional status.
“The vaccination will be carried out simultaneously in all the health centres across the state. It is important for mothers to bring their children who are under five years for de-worming and those under 14 weeks for polio vaccination,’’ she said.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, said that for over 10 years, Cross River had not recorded any case of polio.
Edu encouraged pregnant women to always visit healthcare centres for maternal health services, rather than patronising quacks.
In her goodwill message, the wife of the state Governor, Dr Linda Ayade, said that the state government placed priority on the health of women and children.
Ayade noted that the state government had renovated and equipped health centres across the state with a view to meeting the health needs of the people.

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