A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has commended the duo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his Bayelsa counterpart, Governor Douye Diri for adopting a pragmatic approach to infrastructural development in their states.
He declared that PDP governors in the South-South region are the best example in terms of good governance and development.
Chief Kpodoh, who expressed appreciation to the Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike for his close and appreciable relationship with his Bayelsa counterpart which has clearly led to healthy infrastructural dividend in most parts of the state, said Governor Douye Diri must not relent in the efforts to turn Bayelsa into envy of others states of the federation.
Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, while speaking in Yenagoa on the state of the polity, said though road projects and structures being embarked upon by the Governor Douye Diri including the the Nembe unity bridge, the Bayelsa Media complex, Ekeki, Igbogene /Tombia Road and Yenagoa /Oporoma Road are commendable, said there is more to be done to clearly transform the state capital and improve security of lives and property.
He said the Rivers Governor disposition to Governor Diri administration showed an appreciable cordiality that is good for the people of the two states.
He said: “I specially thank Governor Wike for his show of brotherliness and for forgiving the grievances of the past. This renewed brotherliness is also telling on the state in terms of the present administration speed to transform by adopting development paradigm shift.”
He noted that the decision of Governor Wike to invest N50million in the building of a hostel at the Nigerian Law School located in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital is a clear show of comradeship needed between Rivers and Bayelsa state.
He said “Wike is a workaholic and Douye Diri too is living up to expectation. Wike takes decision in the interest of the state and not emotions. That is what the governors should do at one point or another.”
He restated the need for the Bayelsa state government to clearly evacuate the crowd entrance into the Ammassoma road leading to the newly completed International Airport.
“In all my travels, I have not seen where the going and coming into an airport is greeted by the rowdiness and dirty looking state of the Tombia bridge where umbrella traders have gathered causing hectic traffic from and into the Ammassoma road.”
He noted that the Rivers State Government at the time they built their International Airport, the Ikoku Market despite tantrums and emotional claims, shut it down in order to allow free flow of movement from the airport,
He said: “today, many Rivers people commend that decision despite that it was painful at that time. At Tombia, there is no today gone by without incidents of crime. If you look to the right end to Elebele road, some questionable elements have regrouped on Government land turning the area into shanties and dump yards.”