Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has given a pledge that his administration would complete the road project from Sagbama to Ekeremor in the Bayelsa West senatorial district.
Governor Diri gave the assurance on Saturday at the Isampou bridge when he inspected the about 90-kilometre road project.
The major road project, which was undertaken by the immediate past government of Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, had been neglected for close to 40 years by successive federal administrations, including interventionist agencies like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Senator Diri’s spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that during the governorship campaign, he promised to ensure the completion of the road project, assuring that he will not renege on that promise.
He explained that the inspection and the drive on the road became necessary to dispel insinuations that it had become impassable and that some communities had been cut off.
The governor directed the contractor to carry out remedial works to enable community folks use it during this rainy season before full work starts in the dry season.
He also assured that the road to Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, would equally receive priority attention from his administration.
His words: “I came to inspect this road after receiving complaints that some parts of the road were almost washed off and that it had become impassable.
“I also got reports that there was no access to some of the communities like Aleibiri. So, I came to see things for myself with the Commissioner for Works, the contractors and other relevant stakeholders.
“This was one of my campaign promises that where the former administration took this road to we will complete it to Ekeremor. We still stand on that. We will take this as one of our priorities. Same goes for the road leading to Oporoma in Southern Ijaw. I am very pleased I came to see things for myself and we will take it from here.”
Also speaking, Project Manager of Setraco, the firm handling the job, Mr. Mitchel Issa, stated that talks were ongoing with the state government to enable them return to site.
He assured that when completed the road will stand the test of time.
Earlier, Governor Diri visited the Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom, King Richardford Koroye, at Toru-Orua where he thanked the people of the kingdom for their support during the election.
He appealed to them to support his administration to enable him succeed.
The governor was later treated to a grand reception at his maternal home, Ayamasa in Ekeremor LGA, where he also appreciated them for their support and promised to bring development to the area.