Governor of Bayelsa State Seriake Dickson has described the state capital, Yenagoa as a slum, promising that the state government was committed to developing the city from its current deplorable condition.
Dickson bared his mind yesterday in Yenagoa while inaugurating a 16 –man board of the State Capital City Development Authority (CCDA) headed by the former Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, Charles Dorgu.
The Governor tasked the board to redesign critical infrastructure in Yenagoa. He said the inauguration of the board was imperative. According to Mr Dickson, the reality on the ground should not be treated with kid gloves, especially the devastating effects of the flood on the people of the state.
“Yenagoa is a slum and we have a duty to take it out of its deplorable state. We were in a hurry to build and did not do any proper planning. A lot of tough decisions need to be taken, when you take decisions that are in interest of the state and government will support you. We were in a hurry to build and did not do any proper planning,” he said.
Government has a desire to build a well-planned state capital with the establishment of the Ministry of Capital City Development. The board members should work with the Commissioner for Capital City Development who has been delegated to co-ordinate its affairs,” he added
Mr. Dorgu, thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve the state and promised that the task ahead would be discharged diligently.