Governor Dickson of Bayelsa State
The Bayelsa Government on Saturday renewed its commitment to develop all parts of the state despite dwindling resources from the federation account.
Mr Lawrence Erujakpor, the state Commissioner for Works, said this while conducting members of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) on a tour of projects in the state as part of activities marking the 2015 All Editors Conference in Yenagoa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the monthly revenue of the state has nosedived from N18 billion in 2012 to N9 billion by July 2015.
Erujakpor regretted that the revenue drop had adversely affected the pace of construction activities, but added that the government was judiciously deploying the available resources to ensure value for money.
He explained that the drop in revenue had compelled the government to shift the deadlines for most of the ongoing projects adding that the rainy season had also caused some delays.
Erujakpor told the NGE members that the state government was implementing a deliberate policy of spreading development projects to all parts of the state to ensure even development.
Some of the projects sites visited include 3 star hotel projects , the N3.8 bn governor’s office project, the golf course , multi-door court house, Music school and language school.
Others are the medical diagnostic complex, drug distribution mart , the cargo airport, Ogobiri bridge and Ogbia-Nembe road, among others.
The editors also visited the abandoned Oloibiri Oil Well 1 in Ogbia local government area.of the state where oil was first struck by Shell Petroleum Development Company in 1956 in commercial quantity.