Bayelsa State Government has urged the Physical Planning and Development Board to enforce extant laws and policies to ensure proper development control in Yenagoa and other parts of the state.
Governor Douye Diri gave the order at a three-day summit organized by the Board with the theme: “Physical Planning and Development in Bayelsa State: The Way Forward”, at Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, urged the Board to carry out the enforcement without sparing anyone including himself and any government official that violates the building laws and regulations of the state.
He observed that the haphazard development pattern in the state capital was as a result of impunity by land sellers and developers as well as lack of political will on the part of government to enforce laws.
Governor Diri, who cautioned community leaders and youths to desist from selling support relevant agencies to implement its urban renewal policies.
In a goodwill message, the immediate past Deputy Governor, retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, commended the Board for the summit and urged them to be courageous in implementing ideas that emanate from the event.
Delivering a keynote address titled “The Role of Master-planning in Bayelsa State as a Tool for Sustainable Development, Mr Harcourt Adukeh, wondered why successive administrations have not implemented the Yenagoa Masterplan.
The renowned architect noted that the Masterplan which was published in two thousand, to achieve economic and demographic growth of Yenagoa and promote a green and beautiful Bayelsa capital city.
According to him, the plan was also designed to increase the supply of affordable housing by at least five thousand new homes between two thousand and three and two thousand and eight in addition to improving the quality of residential areas.
Mr Adukeh, identified lack of funding, political will from government as factors impeding the implementation of the Yenagoa Masterplan and recommended the review of extant Master-planning guidelines and effective enforcement of building regulations and flood control in the state
Earlier in a welcome address, the Executive Chairman of the State Physical Planning and Development Board, Chief Gideon Ekeowei had said the summit was put together to proffer better and sustainable ideas on building and development control.
Chief Ekeowei, added that the Board was convinced that landmark projects like the three senatorial roads would provide the impetus for socio-economic development of the state.