Bayelsa: Feeling the Power of Restoration

By Fidelis Soriwei

Their joy was limitless; they came out in their numbers to express their happiness on the level of work done on the critical road project. For so long, they had waited on the government to give them the road which was expected to open up their communities and to provide a link to the larger society. For 40 years, they have been made to watch their smoldering expectations interred in a pool of disappointments by the Federal Government which designed the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road.

They were resigned to a worrisome fate as they continued to access their communities along the river through Bomadi in Delta State. But their mauled expectations were mended by the decision of the Dickson Administration to rise to the seemingly intractable challenge.

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, these long deprived people told their story with the dance steps, with songs and with gratitude as they roll out they’re humble receptions in honour of the governor.

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson had driven with dignitaries to Ekeremor communities along the Bayelsa West Senatorial Road (for the first time forty years) after conception. The project is ongoing but the wait will not be too long.

The people of Angalabiri, Ofoni, in Sagbama Local Government Area and Ayamasa and Aleibiri in the neighboring Ekeremor turned out in large numbers to be part of the epic drive on the heavily sand filled road to Aleibiri.

The representatives of the communities were unanimous in their shared show of gratitude: they were overwhelmed with joy with by the courage of the Governor who fulfilled his electoral promise to open up the riverine communities in the state.

The thickly sand filled road itself is a bold testament of man’s assertion of superiority over nature. It was a road that sprouted out of the waters of the Niger Delta with sheer determination and courage of the governor!

Present at the event were the former Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Muktah Shagari, Sen. Foster Ogola, Hon. Fred Agbedi, the Deputy Governor, John Jonah, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the Chief Judge of the State, Cate Abiri, and other top officials of the government.

Fidelis Soriwei is the Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor on Media Relations

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