Bayelsa State government has expressed commitment to complete ongoing major road projects to connect more communities in the hinterlands to the state capital city, Yenagoa.
Director-General of New Media to the Governor, Kola Oredipe, stated this when he led journalists on an assessment tour of some road projects under construction by the state government.
Among the projects inspected were the forty-two kilometer Sagbama-Ekeremor Road in Bayelsa East valued at thirty-four point four billion naira; twenty-two point two kilometre Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie Road in Bayelsa Central, valued at thirty-one point four billion naira; the ten point two kilometre dual carriageway Glory Drive Road valued at N24.774bn; and 21km Igbogene-AIT/Elebele outer ring road, which will cost N54.56bn.
It was gathered that clearing work had been completed on the first phase of the Nembe-Brass road, with sand-filling to commence soon on the project at the cost of fifty-four billion naira.
Construction work is also in progress on the Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie road to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and Sagbama-Ekeremor road to link up communities in the Sagbama and Ekeremor LGAs.
At Angiama, he said the 620m long bridge is being constructed across the River Nun to Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw LGA, which Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated in February twenty-twenty-two.
Dr. Oredipe said government has prioritised the opening up of far-flung communities in the creeks to the state capital to create enabling environment for commercial activities to thrive.
He said the Oporoma bridge is expected to be completed in two years as its pillars were being erected, as Governor Diri had directed the award of contracts for road projects to neighboring communities such as Eniwari, Ondewari, and Otuan, among others.