Activist carpets Bayelsa gov, says projects are ‘make-belief’




Chairman of Civil Liberties Organizations in Bayelsa state,  High Chief James Nengi has described some of the  projects implemented by the state Governor,  Mr Seriake Dickson as make-belief.

Nengi, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday in Yenagoa during the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) governance assessment tour of the state, said the administration had developed some infrastructure but with very little impact on the people.

He alleged that initiatives of Dickson’s administration are mere window dressing and make-belief projects.

The activist stated that the incumbent administration has executed some infrastructural development projects in state owned universities and elementary schools across the state but yet to improve standard of education due to poor human capital development.

”Some of the projects you see are make belief. They  have no meaningful impact on the people. Building new schools blocks without quality teaching, learning facilities and manpower would not give people of Bayelsa state desired change.

“Another case was the establishment of Bayelsa Medical School, Yenagoa where majority of people at the public hearing opposed it citing lack of fund and poor infrastructures at existing state owned universities, he said. “

Commenting on different sectors, he alleged that ”the NDDC has abandoned approximately 500 projects in Bayelsa and they focus on projects that will enrich them only”.

He stated that 25 per cent of Bayelsa communities have no access to electricity and the areas with electricity are those being supplied by International oil companies. 

“This was not the case before the current administration came in. We were not even paying then, now despite payment, the supply is poor”, he said.

On health, he stated that Seriake Dickson administration established Bayelsa Diagnosis Centre but with no modern facilities in hospitals. 

“Therefore, patients still have to travel outside the state for treatment after been diagnosed of some ailments at Diagnosis Centre”, he said.

Meanwhile, the PDP Deputy Chairman in the state, Hon Victor Sam-Ateki, said the governor had constructed modern schools across the state, especially in the rural areas to encourage more people to embrace education.

”Governor Seriake Dickson has prioritised education in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions by providing them with state of art facilities. The governor raised the bar in education sector, now the state can compete favourably with other state during National examinations like WAEC, NECO and others. He has changed the narratives for good.” Chief  Sam-Ateki added.

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