Bayelsa State Government Demolishes Dickson’s Private Home

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A one-storeyed private building owned by Governor Seriake Dickson was on Wednesday October 30, 2013, demolished by the Bayelsa State Government.

The building was demolished because it obstructed the Right-of-Way as well as intruding on the state’s capital master plan.

The Deputy Governor John Jonah; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ehwrudjakpor; Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Markson Fefegha; Commissioner for State Capital City Development; and Mr. Konugha Zuwa, supervised the demolition.

The demolished building was marked by the Capital City Development Authority on June 28, 2012.

The Deputy Governor, Mr. Jonah, told journalists that the Governor’s house obstructed the Right-of-Way, and would not be given any form of compensation for the demolition.

“In line with the development control of the CCDA and urban renewal of the state, the government awarded contract for the dualisation of the road. Anyone who has built structures on the Right-of-Way should expect such buildings to be demolished.

“We have been talking about the master plan as well as some areas where we have to carry out urban renewal. For the master plan, we expect every builder to go and get clearance before he or she starts to build to see the extent that he can go outside the road.

“One of the houses we have found to have interfered with the plan of Yenagoa is this one-storeyed structure belonging to the Governor. On the advice of the CCDA that is concerned with development control of the state, the house was marked since last year for demolition. And you know we have awarded contract for the dualisation of the Opolo Road,” he said.

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