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Political tensions chased away contractors from sites in Bayelsa—Commissioner

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State

NEDU MARK, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State government, has said that the political tension in the country accompanying the 2015 general elections compelled many contractors handling various projects in the state to abandon construction sites.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, disclosed this, Thursday at Igbogene, in Yenagoa, while fielding questions from newsmen during an inspection tour of ongoing projects embarked upon by the Governor Seriake Dickson administration.

Ewhrudjakpo who said the construction firms demobilized from sites and moved out of the state for fear of becoming victims of election-related violence, however, added that most of the contractors had been returning to projects sites to resume work following the relative post-election peace recorded across the country.

The Works commissioner attributed the post-election tranquility to the spirit of sportsmanship demonstrated by President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeated “even in very clear circumstances that if it were to be the opposition party by now hell would have been let loose”.

“The prediction for the Nigerian elections was that Nigeria was no longer going to be one indivisible nation after the elections. But thanks to the statesmanlike-attitude of our President and Commander-in Chief, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.

“Quite a number of construction) companies were afraid and they moved out of site. But most of them are coming back gradually. I can assure (you) that between the next two or three weeks or may be in the next one month, they will all be back to site fully”.

When asked why the state government had been shifting the completion dates for some of the projects, Ewhrugjakpo explained that ” redesigning of projects and the issue of dwindling resources” as well as the elections were responsible for it.

He was accompanied by officials of the ministry, journalists and civil society groups during the tour.

Projects inspected include; the New Governor’s Office, Senior Staff Quarters in Government House, House Officers Quarters, Obele Street, House of Assembly Link Road, the Ecumenical Centre, Igbogene-Yenagoa and the cargo airport.

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