Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has said construction of the road from Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area to Brass Island in Brass Local Government Area of the state will commence next month.
Governor Diri said this when he received the Nembe-Se Congress, a group of intellectuals, professionals and other stakeholders from both councils, at the Government House in Yenagoa.
He highlighted the road’s economic importance to the state and country, saying his administration was determined to go the extra mile in actualizing the dream of Nembe and Brass people.
The Governor said attempts at partnering the Nigeria Agip Oil Company, which has a loading terminal in Brass, through the Federal Government’s Road Infrastructure Income Tax Scheme, were rebuffed by the company.
He said Agip’s response to the state’s request was disappointing but stressed that the company had nothing to lose because it would have only channeled its income tax directly to its host communities if it obliged.
Governor Diri, who noted that it is a federal road, explained that he also wrote letters to the Federal Ministries of Works and Infrastructure and that of Petroleum Resources, expressed gratitude to the Minister of Works for his positive disposition towards the project.
The state’s helmsman said his government was ready to work with stakeholders to keep the peace in Nembe while thanking the people for their support during the construction and inauguration of the Nembe Unity Bridge project.
He advised those in politics, who he said were often the reason for division, that human life was sacred and urged them to support the Brass Council chairman in ensuring that sea piracy was brought to its barest.
Earlier, president of the Nembe-Se Congress, Professor Godwin Egein, said the group is a socio- cultural and non-profit organization with the mandate to protect the interest of Nembe people.
Professor Egein thanked the governor for completing the Nembe Unity Bridge and emphasized the need to construct the Nembe-Brass road, which, according to him, will open up economic hub of Bayelsa