Bayelsa Embarks On N15.6 Billion ‘White Elephant’ Flyover Projects

Seriake Dickson
By SaharaReporters, New York

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa yesterday plunked down a whopping N3 billion as mobilisation fee for two flyover bridges in Yenogoa, the state capital.  The total cost of both projects is N15.6 billion, SaharaReporters has learned. 

Dickson’s action comes at a time that millions of residents in coastal areas of the state remain cut off from the rest of the world.   Most of Bayelsa’s communities are not accessible by road, making the construction of bridges a critical necessity.

It will be recalled that General Andrew Azazi, a former National Security Adviser, lost his life in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa last December while returning from one such community.

Dickson, who personally presented the upfront payment to the management of Julius Berger, said that the flyover bridges would add aesthetics to Yenagoa.

As the governor made his aesthetics move, critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges that were damaged in the recent flood disaster are still begging for attention, and there is no drinking water.

One of the flyovers Julius Berger will be constructing, at Tombia Road/Edepie Junction, is valued at N9.8 billion.  The second one, valued at N5.8 billion, will be sited at a roundabout at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) petrol station.

Bayelsa State last month received a total of N15,215,365,755.87 from the Federation Account, according to figures from the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission in Abuja.

Total deductions at source stood at N2,385,690,315, and the balance net inflow at  N12,829,675,439.91.

 

 

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NICE 1

YOU HAVE BEEN TO YENAGOA OF RECENT.WE HAVE STARTED EXPERIENCING SERIOUS HOLD UPS.FLYOVERS OR OVER HEAD BRIDGES ARE NOT OUT OF PLACE.YOU THAT IS IN USA HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF WE NEED FLYOVER OR NOT.

Yeye FlyoveR, I KNOW YOU MUST

Yeye FlyoveR, I KNOW YOU MUST BE AN IGBO MAN WITH NO BRAINS-U THINK FLY OVERS ARE BUILT FOR THE FUN OF IT-THOSE WHO WILL SUPPLY THE SAND FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ARE IBOS

Flyover or elevated roadway

Flyover or elevated roadway as we call it in engineering profession. Anyway Who started calling it flyover? Rather than Traffic Light to manage traffic the looting governors opted to mega white elephant project call "flyover". What is higest traffic count on any road in Yenagoa? I am a bridge Engineer in USA and the purpose of bridge is to move traffic from pt. A to B to manage traffic efficently over an obstacle, such as water body, valley, railroad, highway and major interchange. Why is elevated road NECCESSARY when there are other cheaper and efficient options available to manage Yenagoa merge traffic? Comparing Yenagoa to Lagos is like comparing Newyork City to Warri.

Nice 1 Dickson

Now I know that most ppl who comment here are lunatics, what's wrong with a capital project like a flyoevr? Instead of appreciating his effort u guys are writing all sorts of nonsense. Do u wait till every citizens in Bayelsa becomes employed or rich b4 u embark on such project? 4 una SR am disappointed with some sh**ts u guys write.

Bayelsa received 12Bn frm federation account...and so what?

Bayelsa received 12Bn frm federation account...and so what? Is it not their money? They contribute over 7times that amount each month. You shoud be fair enough to report this too, at least in the spirit or ghost of unbiased or balanced reporting.

...what about other non SS&SE countries which receive frm where they have not sown? Every month Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Kogi, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Bauchi, Oyo, etc receive billions from the so called 'federation' account when they don't contribute a single Naira to that account. Is that equity, justice or fairness? In any case, what do these non contributing states do with the monies the oily SS states 'dash' them every month? Find out & report it.

Let the flyovers be purple or green Elephant projects, it should not be your business. If you don't like my comments, get sufficiently angry & leave my sweet oil & gas alone!
Long live the United Rep of the SS&SE

Aesthetics Indeed!

What value will aesthetics add to the lives of the dying, impoverished, poor, hungry & disillusioned people of Bayelsa state? Instead of embarking on people-oriented projects, this guy is using non-viable projects to shortchange his people. Posterity will record your deeds for you!

FROM A THIEF TO ANOTHER THIEF!

Dickson succeeded Jonathan,therefore he is continuing from where his master stopped his stealing. A thief trained a thief and enthroned a thief as Obj enthroned an extra-ordinary one in Abuja.

THESE BLACK HATS INFECT THEIR BRAINS AND TURN THEM TO CRETINS.

I strongly believe that this black resource control hats have a moronic effect on the Governors of the SS.From Ibori,Sylva,Uduaghan and now Dickson.
They seem to be competing on whose fiscal vandalism is more destructive,the Black-hats which have origins in the trans-atlantic slave trade was first used by European slave masters to bribe the local chiefs and collect slaves from their domain.
These black-hats have been a symbol of fraud and oppression from time immemorial and is still used by these Governors to unleash financial mayhem on their hapless communities.These Governors look like comedians in these hats because these hats are not "AFRICAN",it is a symbol of organised crime which slavery was, little wonder the pillaging Governors chose to adopt it as a dress code.

THESE BLACK HATS INFECT THEIR BRAINS AND TURN THEM TO CRETINS.

I strongly believe that this black resource control hats have a moronic effect on the Governors of the SS.From Ibori,Sylva,Uduaghan and now Dickson.
They seem to be competing on whose fiscal vandalism is more destructive,the Black-hats which have origins in the trans-atlantic slave trade was first used by European slave masters to bribe the local chiefs and collect slaves from their domain.
These black-hats have been a symbol of fraud and oppression from time immemorial and is still used by these Governors to unleash financial mayhem on their hapless communities.These Governors look like comedians in these hats because these hats are not "AFRICAN",it is a symbol of organised crime which slavery was little wonder the pillaging Governors chose to adopt it as a dress code.

THESE BLACK HATS INFECT THEIR BRAINS AND TURN THEM TO CRETINS.

I strongly believe that this black resource control hats have a moronic effect on the Governors of the SS.From Ibori,Sylva,Uduaghan and now Dickson.
They seem to be competing on whose fiscal vandalism is more destructive,the Black-hats which have origins in the trans-atlantic slave trade was first used by European slave masters to bribe the local chiefs and collect slaves from their domain.
These black-hats have been a symbol of fraud and oppression from time immemorial and is still used by these Governors to unleash financial mayhem on their hapless communities.These Governors look like comedians in these hats because these hats are not "AFRICAN",it is a symbol of organised crime which slavery was little wonder the pillaging Governors chose to adopt it as a dress code.

FUNNY PEOPLE

This man in the picture looks more of a motor park tout than an intelegent person fit to govern,so blame yourselves for allowing such vultures to rule you.

Jonathan Needs Money For 2015

Jonathan needs money for 2015. See as everbody dey cause wahala cus dey wan collect dem own chop.

And how dem go fit collect the money if not to do mago mago contract with The Great Nigerian Vulture, Berger?

Jonathan don appoint am to helep collect money and e must do am top speed considering say the Lost One still dey go court to collect im job back.

And if im face front Jonathan dey wait am, e turn back Sylva dey look am.

And quick quick, collect he must because he who pays the piper wants there money as agreed and not titles of permanent secretary, director general bla bla bla.

Full stop.

no fore sight

a community very close to yenogoa, ikolo does not have electricity no drinking water, and some is build fly overs for 15billion: the entire state is not yet on the national grid even. A govt without fore sight, where poverty is seen walking on the streets.

Dickson will regret soon!

Rather for Governor seriake Dickson invest in meaning projects that will create jobs for his people,he has created jobs for the treasury looters.Give such money to the Chief servant Babangida Aliyu of Niger State,you will see how he will use the same to create jobs.
Dickson is free to spend their oil money recklessly,at the end of the day, they will bitterly cry and regret that there is no development in Bayelsa State.

SURE WAY TO LAUNDER TO GERMANY:GODSWILL AKPABIO STYLE!

The 419/Cultist Governor Godswill Akpabio, has been using fly-overs and JULIUS BERGER to launder money from AKS for the past six years. The used some of the money to build estates for Akpabio in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Ewet Housing Estate Uyo, Shelter Afric in Uyo where he has an estate with at least 60 buildings.

They built a bunker for Akpabio as his residence on Probyn Road , Ikoyi, Lagos. JULIUS BERGER and Alcon Nigeria Ltd are keeping AKS money stolen by Akpabio in Germany and Switzerland respectively for him & Unoma his wife.

Mr. Dickson who is also a crook like Akpabio. It's to be noted that Akoabio was a certified 419er at Ajao Estate, Lagos in 1990s.

The Ota Gorrilla brought him by force to perpetuate hi atrocities on AKS people.

It shall NEVER be well with OBASANJO. Amen!

SURE WAY TO LAUNDER TO GERMANY:GODSWILL AKPABIO STYLE!

The 419/Cultist Governor Godswill Akpabio, has been using fly-overs and JULIUS BERGER to launder money from AKS for the past six years. The used some of the money to build estates for Akpabio in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Ewet Housing Estate Uyo, Shelter Afric in Uyo where he has an estate with at least 60 buildings.

They built a bunker for Akpabio as his residence on Probyn Road , Ikoyi, Lagos. JULIUS BERGER and Alcon Nigeria Ltd are keeping AKS money stolen by Akpabio in Germany and Switzerland respectively for him & Unoma his wife.

Mr. Dickson who is also a crook like Akpabio. It's to be noted that Akoabio was a certified 419er at Ajao Estate, Lagos in 1990s.

The Ota Gorrilla brought him by force to perpetuate hi atrocities on AKS people.

It shall NEVER be well with OBASANJO. Amen!

SURE WAY TO LAUNDER TO GERMANY:GODSWILL AKPABIO STYLE!

The 419/Cultist Governor Godswill Akpabio, has been using fly-overs and JULIUS BERGER to launder money from AKS for the past six years. The used some of the money to build estates for Akpabio in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Ewet Housing Estate Uyo, Shelter Afric in Uyo where he has an estate with at least 60 buildings.

They built a bunker for Akpabio as his residence on Probyn Road , Ikoyi, Lagos. JULIUS BERGER and Alcon Nigeria Ltd are keeping AKS money stolen by Akpabio in Germany and Switzerland respectively for him & Unoma his wife.

Mr. Dickson who is also a crook like Akpabio. It's to be noted that Akoabio was a certified 419er at Ajao Estate, Lagos in 1990s.

The Ota Gorrilla brought him by force to perpetuate hi atrocities on AKS people.

It shall NEVER be well with OBASANJO. Amen!

Bayelsa Embarks On N15.6 Billion ‘White Elephant’ Flyover Projec

I wonder who will rid Nigeria of these looters and visionless rogues. Bayelsa, a state that has received and is still getting so much money remains in a sorry state. Alams in his own time thought it was better to buy an SUV than fix roads and his legacy remains. Over 40% of that money will find their way to private pockets and Jonathan will sure be one of the beneficiaries.

I pray that that Bayelsans wake up from their collective slumber just like all Nigerians before it is too late

Are pple of Bayelsa allergic to flyovers? Is it nt their money?

Is the money for the bridges to be provided by the Nigeria or by Bayelsa? ...did Lagos & abuja contribute to the cost of building fly overs in their domain? Did Kaduna & even Ogun state contribute to the construction of the flyovers in their domain? ..When bridges were been built in Lagos, there were people in Lagos who were destitute & without jobs. But the projects went ahead. Now it is abuja...but there are hundreds of thousand of pple who are jobless in abuja & the construction of bridges continue. Yet all these bridges are built with the money from Bayelsa & the SS.

...are people of Bayelsa allergic to bridges? If I write too much now, SR will block my access. That is Nigeria for you. Who is a saintly among us? Double standard!!!

Long live "UNITED" rep of Nigeria

Gibso Flyover is sign of unplanned city, not sign of development

Gov. Gibson,
Fly over is mostly a sign that a city is not planned before construction began. How many vehicles are in Yenagoa to warrant flyover there? You wan Yenagoa to have flyovers like Lagos? The Dickson man may be like Ikedi Ohakim, ex governor of Imo state - fascinated with flyovers. Ohakim started building flyovers in Owerri on junctions that would have needed just only roundabouts to facilitate traffic, he built giant road signs on narrow roads with mostly two lanes, when the rest of the roads in the rest of the state were not even motorable.
Gibson, forget flyovers. Give Bayelsans pipe borne water, build bridges to join creek communities, provide them electricity, if you can.

Corruption Galore.. Signature mark for Jona and Disciples

Tell me why this governor will not embark on even super white elephant projects. You aint see anything yet. Is he not the same gov that made Jonathan's wife a permanent secretary at large, just at public expense.
Ride on guy !
Jonathan himself and his regime do not know better. Wasteful spending galore....That is what OBJ foisted on Nigeria.

white elephant flyover project

As a well meaning administration set to make a departure from the past, the government should spent our collective resources on only critical infrastructure that will impact all Bayelsans especially road networks that will link the entire state, power supply and water projects. These flyovers might be needed later but are not the priority of Bayelsans for now. I implore the Bayelsa state government to build road and bridges across the state. I hope the Governor is listening and will cancel these flyover project and use the funds for other more important projects.

THE DISEASE OF WARPED PRIORITIES AND CONTRACT KICK-BACKS.

There is nothing strategically wrong with developing infrastructure but for goodness sake our scale of preference must be influenced by the need to improve the standard of living of the peasantry.A good road network does not necessarily mean expensive aesthetics like fly-overs when access to remote towns and villages is impossible.
The driving force behind such inflated projects can be directly traced to the huge illegal and secret kick-backs these white elephant projects are often associated with.The construction company involved in this project was implicated as a conduit for bribe money in the Hallibourton bribe scandal,that makes it more worrisome,a lot of water may have passed under the bridge.
When will our politicians learn that the standard of life of the poorest in a country directly reflects progress and degree of good governance,not how many dubious new millionaires they can create.

‘White Elephant’ Flyover Project

Saharareporters is doing a good job reporting news in Nigeria to the world. However, the report above is not balanced enough as it seems aimed at weeping up sentiments against the government. We need more information on the reaction of people on ground to this projects. We also need information on what is being done to the other equally challenging areas of the state. I believe that aesthetics is also a factor in every structural development in most urban centres. Let's leave the task of judging the government to the readers especially the Bayelsans.

Leave them o, na Mr Jonathan

Leave them o, na Mr Jonathan de presido state be dat. The money has been allocated thus

GEJ = N7.6bn
Governor Dickson = N5bn
Alamiyieseigha = N2bn
Miltants = N500m
Bayelsa House of Assembly = N500m
Contractor for the Job = N100m
The rest money = Billboards and advert all over Bayelsa that they are constructing the flyover

Nigeria, we hail thee!

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