Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Government will this week rename the popular Glory Drive, an access road in Igbogene, Yenagoa, after former President Olusegun Obasanjo; as part of activities to mark the sixth anniversary of the Seriake Dickson-led administration.
Obasanjo, who is also expected to visit the state for the inauguration of several projects by the Bayelsa government, will also be at the Ijaw National Academy to interact with Secondary School students drawn from various parts of the state.
At a press briefing on Saturday, Secretary to the State Government, Kemela Okara; Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson; his education counterpart, Jonathan Obuebite and other government officials told journalists that the event will commence on Monday and end on Saturday.
The SSG, who is also the Chairman, Central Working Committee, said the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus; Gen Alani Akinrinade (rtd) and other dignitaries were also expected in the state to officially declare open some projects.
Some of the projects earmarked for unveiling, Okara said, would include the state secretariat annex, cultural boulevard, pavilion at Oxbow Lake, health insurance office, Doctors’ Quarters, Bayelsa Specialist Hospital, Drug Mart, aquaculture village, flag-off of a private refinery in Gbarain, among others.
Amid several command performances, Obasanjo will also visit children of the academy in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma local council, where he would answer questions from the students on Saturday.
In his remarks Iworiso-Markson said the government had achieved a lot in the last six, noting that though the governor was not known for praise-singing himself, it was expedient to showcase some of his achievements to the state and the world at large.
â€œThese projects have a tremendous impact on our people and it is the very reason why we are in government. Some of the projects to be commissioned are already in use. But we are doing this because of certain misconceptions that some of these projects are being done by the federal governmentâ€, the commissioner said.