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Why Bayelsa Remains Backwards 26 Years After Creation – Kpodoh

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Lokoja Richard Kpodoh, a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, has accused successive governors and leaders of the State of not having development plan for the state.

He regretted that successive governments  abandoned the developmental plan drawn by experts after the creation of Bayelsa in 1996.

Kpodoh, a former Security Adviser in the State, in a statement said: “We were lucky to have the late General Sanni Abacha, who created the State. When Bayelsa State was created, some technocrats came up and drew a blueprint for the development of the State, unfortunately, governors did not follow that developmental plan, they dumped it. All they are doing in Bayelsa State is guesswork.

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“Therefore, we started failing when we shunned a development plan, when governors refused to implement reasonable manifestos and when unprepared persons were handpicked to become governors”.

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He added: “When they want to come into power, they will make promises that can’t be achieved. The governors don’t even have a developmental plan to justify their major areas of concentration in terms of development.

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“For instance, when you want to build a new house, you must first get your structural drawing and the house plan before you start building. But in Bayelsa state, the reverse has been the case, we don’t have a developmental plan.

“They forgot so soon that the Rivers State that we were created from had a development plan and if you visit that State, you don’t need to be told that there is a development plan and it is decent, and you will see how it has been structurally developed. But in Bayelsa, the reverse has been the case, we don’t have it”

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