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The Bayelsa State Executive Council approved the construction of Phase One of the Nembe-Brass highway in the Bayelsa East Senate District of the state.
This was revealed on Wednesday at a joint press conference after the 70th session of the executive council at Government House, Yenagoa.
In a dialogue with journalists, the state Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Ayibaina Duba, accompanied by her counterparts from the Ministries of Public Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, and Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele, stated that the first phase will cover a route of 21 kilometers with 10 bridges.
Duba said Governor Diri’s administration inherited two Senate highway projects from the previous administration and promised to embark on the third, which is the long-awaited Nembe to Brass highway.
”We are pleased to announce that the State Executive Council has approved the award of the contract for the first phase of the Nembe-Brass highway. It covers 21 kilometers with 10 bridges.
“Construction will start soon. The procurement board is directed to facilitate the process so that there is no delay in awarding the contract to a highly competent contractor.
“Due to the amount of work that the road requires, it is divided into three phases. Phase one will be from Nembe to the San Nicolás River,” he said.
The Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, further explained that six of the 10 bridges have a span of 30 meters each, one is 60 meters, another is 90 meters and two have a span of 120 meters each, such what did you say. the opening ceremony would take place early next month.
The former state co also approved a weekly jogging exercise for members to be led by the governor and his deputy every Thursday morning.
Describing the move as a means of staying fit and preventing heart-related illness, Health Commissioner Dr Igwele said the exercise would start from Berger Junction to the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
Also speaking at the briefing, Special Advisor on Political Affairs Chief Collins Cocodia warned against aspirants for elective office who sponsor protests to further their interests.
Cocodia pointed out that the members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which have electoral value, know the procedure to achieve their objectives but not through protests.
“Lately, people are sponsoring behind-the-scenes protests to call them to run for political office or protest against other hopefuls.
“The governor has ordered that this action be stopped because it is an internal matter of the party and whoever aspires knows the procedure to follow.
“They should also be informed that there is a party disciplinary committee already in place and if these types of protests are found to be sponsored, we will ensure that they face disciplinary action from our party.
Our party is a great united party,” he said.
In another development, the state governor signed into law on Wednesday the Multi-Door Court Bill, as well as the Customary Court of Appeal and the Customary Court Bills which were approved by the House of Assembly.
The three bills were signed in the presence of the Lt. Governor, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, State House of Assembly Speaker Abraham Ingobere, and other top officials in the legislature.
Governor Diri noted that the new laws would improve the administration of justice in the state, adding that the Multi-Door Courts Act provides the option of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve disagreements out of court, which he noted would be have been inundated with cases. .
According to him, the Ijaws have customs that have existed for generations but have not been documented, adding that customary court laws would address such issues.
The governor, who praised the assembly for passing the bills, assured the legislature that both branches of government would continue to work synergistically to bring about good governance and development.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Abraham Ingobere, said the laws would speed up the administration of justice in the state, explaining that the Customary Court Act was intended to protect the rights of widows and girls, among other customary issues related to the Ijaw people.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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