Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriaki Dickson has constructed roads connecting 91- riverine communities in the State. Residents of 91 revering communities and fishing villages in Ekeremor Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, whose means of reaching their native soil since the foundation of the world is by water, drove home in their vehicles this Christmas and New Year for the first time since they were born.
The governor said: “It was a dream come true for the villagers who lingered for over 40 years when Federal Government from 1979-1983 under the then civilian regime of the late President Shehu Shagari, raised and subsequently dashed their hopes on the Sagbama- Ekeremor road project. NDV reliably gathered that the first set of vehicles actually
entered Ekeremor last Thursday”.
The road project is expected to be completed for the usage of all kinds of vehicles before the present administration exits on February 14, 2020. More communities are going to be linked up by road when the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road project is finally completed.
Though the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, took up the challenge by awarding the contract for the construction of the road, it was stalled due to alleged poor funding of the commission.
Gov Dickson Waving to the Crowd
Many residents had given up the Sagbama-Ekeremor road as an impossible project when the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, intervened last year and took over the road project cutting across the difficult dense mangrove forest, rivers, rivulets and swamps.
The state government awarded the contract for the road, which requires several culverts and two major bridges to connect Aleibiri and Ekeremor main town to Setraco Construction Company in consonance with his campaign promise to push the frontiers of development in the state through road construction.
However, it was a moment of incomprehensible joy as men, women and children; young and old came out in their numbers to behold the queue of vehicles that came to the Ekeremor community. They expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for them to witness vehicles drive into their community, headquarters of Ekeremor Local Government Area for the first time in history.
It would be recalled that in the last few days, inhabitants of Ebedebiri, Angalabiri, Ofoni, Ayamasa Aleibiri, Ekeremor main town and several other fishing settlements along the road in Sagbama and Ekeremor local government areas, are celebrating the Bayelsa State
Government for breaking the jinx. And the people promised to reciprocate Gov. Dickson kind gesture.
Dickson’s Entourage to Ekeremor Community
The Ekeremor monarch, the traditional head of the community, HRH King Agbodo Gbaseimor said, “ we are glad and fulfilled that it was in his time as the Amananaowei that his domain became accessible by road, adding that his people will reciprocate Governor Dickson’s gesture and support him to consolidate on his achievements”.
He commended the former Commissioner for Works, who test-ran the road, for the visit during the Yuletide. “We now have road and you are personally here to pay me homage. You have done your part, it’s now our turn to reciprocate your gesture,” he told Ewhrujakpor during the visit.
“This road has been promised us since 40 years ago by previous administrations. The people of Ekeremor community owe Governor Dickson and the PDP our support solidarity. I Lacked the words to use in appreciating him” said the traditional leader