Bayelsa State was created in 1996 with numerous infrastructural problems. Sixteen years down the line a lot has been done to ameliorate this problem.
Acute dearth of living places, offices and businesses made the take off extremely difficult for the early regimes to the extent that civil servants had to reside in Port Harcourt. With time and effort the first housing schemes were executed and roads opened up. Construction costs were almost triple what obtained in upland States. The State overcame these challenges admirably. With time it became clear that these developments were becoming haphazard. Consequently there arose the need for proper planning.
The Yenagoa City Master plan was completed in 2004 by Herbert Adukeh. It opened the way for the establishment of the Bayelsa Capital City Development Authority (BCCDA) with powers to effect a planned development of the Yenagoa capital city. A strategy document by the German Firm, Albert Spears, updated and operationalized the 2004 Yenagoa City Master plan in 2007. The strategy provided ways and means of establishing necessary infrastructure sorely needed for developing the State.
The year 2006 saw the making of the revolutionary strategy document enabling Bayelsans to have a concrete vision of the plan whose focus was tourism. The then Goodluck Jonathan governorship attempted to open Bayelsa state for investors in the area of infrastructural development. The regime wanted to pattern Bayelsa after Donald Dukes Cross River. Unfortunately after the plan was released the governor had to leave for higher duties as Vice President of Nigeria to Abuja. He handed over to Governor Timipre Sylva who promptly reorganized the focus to business development preferring to focus on the development of the Central Business District. With the failure of the Sylva’s approach and the return of unplanned development, the need for restoration of the original strategy became urgent.
It is against this background that the restoration government of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson coming can be properly understood. The governor on assumption of office promptly promised to reorganize the Masterplan and restore the primacy of the founding fathers focus on tourism by completing the ox bow lake resort amongst other key infrastructure.
Within months of assumption of office he awarded 25 key infrastructural contracts. Amongst them are the following:
1. Construction of Rev.D.O.Ockiya Road, Edepie (1.55km)
2. Construction .of Ajilobi Street (Bayelsa Queen Road Agudama (1km)
3. Construction of C.K.Johnson Street, Biogbolo,(0.628km)
4. Construction of Kingdom of God Mission Church, OX- Bow Lake Road.(0.55km)
5. Construction of Star of Glory Road , Agudama (1.099km)
6. Construction .of Ken Kiama Road, Akenfa 111 (0,803km)
7. Construction of Obalugu Street, Etegwe (1.056km)
8. Construction of Gamac Road ,Edepie, (0.94728km)
9. Construction of Ebikedei Street, Akenfa 11 (1.70115km)
10. Construction of off Ididie Hotel Road 11.(0,465km)
11. Igbogene of Glory Road and Bridges.(1.138km)
12. Construction of Fangbe Ogu ,Road plus spur to ikolo Town,(6.911km)
13. Law School Lectures Road, Yenagoa(1.5km)
14. Public Service Institution Road (600m)
15. Construction of Yeneka-Yenebebele walkway
16. Public service Institution Building
17. Mountain of Fire of Road (991m)
18. Off CMTV/Duncan Eradiri Road, Azikoro (700m)

Earlier Governor Dickson had presented Cheques amounting to 6 billion naira to Giant construction firms handling the three senatorial roads. Governor Seriake Dickson, who made the presentation to representatives of Julius Berger Plc, Setraco Nigeria Limited and Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa, said the presentation of the cheques to the companies was a sign of commitment and partnership for the development and prosperity of the state. The breakdown of the amount shows that Julius Berger got N2 billion to continue the central senatorial road project from Yenagoa – Oporoma while Setraco received N2.5 billion to handle the Toru-Ebeni bridge as well as the construction of 1 km road and CCECC got N1.5 billon to begin work on the Etegwe – Tombia road project.

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