Bayelsa State governor Seriake Dickson on Saturday took his community-by-community campaign to Okpoama, the country home of his major opponent and All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva,
Dickson assured the people of Okpoama, Brass Local Government Area, that his administration would award contract for the multi-billion naira Nembe-Brass Road in the first quarter of 2016 if re-elected on December 5 for another term in office.
Sylva had in 2009 as governor of the state described the Nembe-Brass Road as “not economically viable”, sparking off a protest by his kinsmen who asked him to resign.
Dickson, who was received by the Okpoama Council of Chiefs, said the contract for the road would be in addition to the ongoing Ogbia-Nembe Road,which is nearing completion,and other infrastructure development for the area.
He told the huge crowd comprising chiefs, men, women and youths who came out to receive him and members of his entourage that he had no personal problem with their son, Sylva, but needed their votes to complete his development plan for the state.
He commended the people for their support and solidarity, stressing that it was a testimony of their avowed commitment to the success of the Peoples Democratic Party led-administration.
He said the road project would be given adequate attention as it would enable the government achieve its policy of linking Bayelsa to the Atlantic Ocean to enhance socio-economic growth.
Giving an insight into modalities for the road project, the governor said clearing and sand-filling activities would be done in earnest as soon as the project was awarded to a competent contractor.
On the state-owned Maritime Academy, Okpoama, sited by the present administration, Dickson expressed concern that the institution was yet to function as expected due to financial constraints.
He explained that his administration went into partnership with the Polish Government to establish the academy, disclosing that the application for the project was not successful.
Dickson also visited neighbouring communities of Odioma, Ewoama and Twon-Brass and lauded the people for the warm reception accorded his campaign team and their sense of maturity as well as enlightenment on political issue.
Dignitaries who delivered solidarity speeches at the rally were the Deputy Governor, Gboribiogha John Jonah, acting state PDP Chairman, Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Senator Nimi Barigha Amange, King Amalate Turner and the Chairman, Brass Local Government Council, Andy Obed.