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Bayelsa Revenue Falls To N9Bn, But Development Projects Continue – Govt

DicksonThe Bayelsa State Government on Saturday renewed its commitment to develop all parts of the state despite dwindling by half the monthly revenue from the Federation Account of the state from N18 billion in 2012 to N9 billion by July, this year.Bayelsa Revenue Falls To N9Bn, But Development Projects Continue – Govt

The Bayelsa State Government on Saturday renewed its commitment to develop all parts of the state despite dwindling by half the monthly revenue from the Federation Account of the state from N18 billion in 2012 to N9 billion by July, this year.

Mr Lawrence Erujakpor, Commissioner for Works, made the commitment known while conducting members of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) on a tour of project sites in the state as part of activities marking the 2015 All Editors Conference in Yenagoa.

Erujakpor regretted that the revenue drop had adversely affected the pace of construction activities, but added that the government was judiciously deploying the available resources to ensure value for money.

He explained that the drop in revenue had compelled the government to shift the deadlines for completion of most of the ongoing projects adding that the rainy season had also caused some delays.

Erujakpor told the NGE editors that the state government was implementing a deliberate policy of spreading development projects to all parts of the state to ensure even development.

Some of the projects sites visited included 3-star hotel projects, the N3.8bn Governor’s Office project, a golf course, multi-door court house, Music and language schools.

Others are the medical diagnostic complex, drug distribution mart, the cargo airport, Ogobiri bridge and Ogbia-Nembe road, among others.

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