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Bayelsa plans urban renewal projects in Yenagoa, others

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Douye Diri


To enhance the aesthetic of the state capital, Bayelsa Government has rolled out a number of urban renewal projects in Yenagoa and other parts of the metropolis.

Governor Douye Diri, who disclosed this when members of the past state working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid him a solidarity visit in Government House, said the construction of a flyover and expansion of the roundabout at Etegwe were part of the urban renewal plan of his administration.

The governor in a press release by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, noted that the expansion of the Etegwe roundabout would precede the construction work on the flyover to ease traffic in the area.

Senator Diri assured that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was poised to initiate projects that would bring about overall development to the state.
He expressed his administration’s intention to give a facelift to the capital city as evident in the ongoing demolition of illegal structures that had defaced the Yenagoa metropolis.

His words: “Even in the face of COVID-19, we have decided to do some preparatory things, which I hear are going down well with our people. We are not just pulling down illegal structures but also sanitising our city.

“Work will start on the expansion of the Etegwe roundabout in no distant time. Also, the market at Swali, which is the largest in Yenagoa, we intend to build a car park and fence it off to ensure a healthy environment.

“Our government is on track. We are not looking at celebrating 100 days in office because globally, economies are at a standstill as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. But rather we are expecting to celebrate our achievements in another one to three years’ time.”

Recalled that the government as part of preparation of the urban renewal has began demolition of illegal structures in the Yenagoa metropolis, including the popular Swali, Tombia, Zarama and Opolo markets.

In his remarks, leader of the delegation, Chief Felix Omemu, pledged their commitment to work with the administration to achieve its set goals.


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