The Chairman of Civil Liberty Organizations in Bayelsa State and frontline Niger Delta activist, High Chief James Nengi has said most of the government projects executed in the state have little or low impact on the welfare of residents in the state.
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 government as mere window dressing and make-belief projects. He noted that despite the execution of some infrastructural projects in the state owned universities and elementary schools across the state there is little improvement in the standard of education recently.
”Some of the projects you see is make belief, it has no meaningful impact on the people. Building new school blocks without quality teaching, learning facilities and manpower would not give the people of Bayelsa state the 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 funds and poor infrastructures in existing state owned universities.” he added
Commenting on different sectors, he revealed that the NDDC has abandoned approximately 500 projects in Bayelsa, 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 the government 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 Governor’s Media aides were not picked.