Commissioners in the Bayelsa State cabinet have been giving accounts of their stewardship.

The exercise is aimed at setting the pace in probity and accountability in governance as Gov Seriake Dickson prepares to mark his sixth year in office.

The briefing tagged, “Restoration Government at Six: Our Score Card in Focus”, began on January 22.

The event was organised by the state Ministry of Information as part of activities to mark Gov. Dickson’s six years in office on February 14.

First on the block was Lawrence  Ewhrudjakpo, Commissioner  for Works and Housing.

Ewhrudjakpo faced the kleiglight on Monday, January 22 and gave details of the activities of his ministry.

While the session lasted, Ewhrudjakpo listed the roads constructed and rehabilitated by the government

The road construction and rehabilitation which were spread across the eight local governments of the state include the dualised Diete Spiff Road; Azikoro Road;  Eradiri Road, Road Safety Road;  Water Board Road and Hospital Road.

Others are – the Amassoma/Tombia Road;  Igbogene Access Road; Restoration Flyover; Bayelsa Palm Road; Deeper Life Road; Justice Tabai Road, Swali/Oxbow Lake Road; Hero’s Park Access Road, Toru-Ebeni/Ogobiri Road.

On infrastructure and public buildings, the commissioner listed the completed projects to include the Ecumenical Centre, Governor’s Office, Oxbow Lake Pavilion, Multi-Door Court House, Boro Town Residential Buildings, State Archive, Additional Secretariat Blocks, Heliport Terminal and again the list goes on and on.

On Tuesday, January 23, it was the turn of the Health Commissioner, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, Hon Commissioner of Health.

He noted that the mission and vision of the ministry is to turn Bayelsa state to a Medical Tourism Centre where anybody from anywhere in the world can access affordable medical services.

He also pointed out that the state has lowered the high rate of infant and maternal mortality rate.

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Meanwhile, the Bayelsea State Government has taken steps to ensure that Nigeria discontinues the importation of about 95% (ninety five percent) of starch.

To this end, the state is set to produce about 60 tons of starch per day for local and international consumption, which will effectively put a stop to its importation.

The state Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources,  Dude Week, gave this cheery news while giving account of his stewardship on the third day of the Inter-Ministerial/Agency briefing and Score Card Presentation.

Week said after its completion, the state’s Industrial Starch Factory at Ebedebiri in the Sagbama local government area of the state will be the best in the country.

On the much talked-about Bayelsa State Palm Company, of which many media reports have raised eyebrows with claims that the government has donated 1,200 hectares of land to Fulani herdsmen, Week said the land belonged to Bayelsa State Government and that the government has only carved out a site of 250 acres for the cattle breeders to build ranches for themselves.

Week disclosed that the waste from these cattle will be gathered and used to increase the nutrient capacity of the state’s farms' livestock. He added that a central Abattoir Complex/Livestock Input Market has been built for the screening of all slaughtered meats, before their sales.

In the area of Education, the state government has trained no fewer than 3, 000 teachers in public secondary and primary schools in the state since the inception of Gov. Seriake Dickson’s administration six years ago.

Jonathan Oboebitei, the state Commissioner for Education, said this on the fourth day of the inter-ministerial briefing.

Presenting his ministry’s score-card, Oboebitei said the state government had also constructed more than 400 headmasters’ quarters as part of efforts to ensure qualitative education for the people.

“We have also built and renovated a total of 413 classroom blocks in primary schools across the state.

“We have spent more than one billion naira as counterpart funding to attract Federal Government’s support programmes in the education sector.

He said government had continuously paid for the WAEC, NECO, NABTEP and GCE examinations of its people since 2012 till date.

“The present government has established a new state polytechnic in Ekeremor Local Government Area.

“It also provided funds for accreditation of courses at the Niger Delta University (NDU), which the National University Commission (NUC) has already done,” he said.

On power, the state has embarked on many power projects that will ensure steady power supply to the residents by 2018.

 


Ogbolo Jim, the state Commissioner for Power, gave the assurance when he took his turn on the fifth day of the briefing.

The commissioner said that the government had so far spent over N2 billion to construct and rehabilitate 48 power projects within the last six years.

“The state government has connected almost all the local governments to the National Grid, including Kolokuma/Opukuma, Ogbia and Yenagoa, among others,” he said.

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