Bayelsa State Government has decried marginalization by the Federal Government in terms of infrastructural development in the state.
The state Deputy Governor Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo who stated this yesterday while receiving the Executive Secretary of the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), Capt. Jumaid Abdulahi, at the Government House, Yenegoa, noted that the level of federal government infrastructural projects was not commensurate with what the state is contributing to the national coffers.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Doubara Atasi, the deputy governor hailed the BCDA for its decision to site five developmental projects in Nembe and Ekeremor local governments.
He described the decision as well thought out and responsive to the yearnings of the Niger Delta people.
Ehwrudjakpo assured the BCDA and the contractors of security and other forms of support, to ensure a hitch-free execution of the projects in their areas of the location.
He, however, urged the contractors to show understanding with their host communities, particularly the youth, by engaging them in line with the local content policy of the Federal Government.
According to the deputy governor, most of the youth described as restive are actually not as being profiled, but are only seeking opportunities to be engaged.
He said: “We are quite elated whenever the Federal Government agencies do the needful in our state. We are happy that the BCDA has actually come up with these projects targeted at these boundary communities.
“As a contractor, I want to assure you that there is no encumbrance at all. What you have to do is a little understanding with the boys because they are also looking for employment. Don’t bring everybody from outside. The ones you can engage in the community, engage them to execute your projects.
“Again, there is need for the central government to do more in terms of infrastructural development in the state in view of its contributions to the national coffers.” (The Nation)