The Chairman of Civil Liberty Organizations in Bayelsa State and frontline Niger Delta activist, High Chief James Nengi has lambasted Governor Seriake for implementing projects with less impact on citizen’s wellbeing.
The popular activist and community leader 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 has developed some infrastructure but with very little impact on the people.
Nengi described initiatives of Dickson’s administration as mere window dressing and make-belief projects. He noted 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 with 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 added.”
Commenting on different sectors, he revealed that ”the NDDC has abandoned approximately 500 projects in Bayelsa and they focus on projects that will enrich them only, adding 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.
On health, he revealed 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’
Meanwhile, Hon Chief Victor Sam-Ateki, PDP Deputy Chairman said Governor Seriake Dickson has 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.
However, efforts to speak with Bayelsa State government officials proved abortive, as several calls to commissioner for information, and the Governors Media aides were not picked