A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has declared his support for the state governor, Senator Douye Diri, over the decision to demolish shanties and illegal structures within the state capital.
According to him, the ongoing demolition in Swali and Tombia areas will reduce violent crimes and create room for needed infrastructural development in the capital city of Yenagoa.
Chief Kpodoh, in a statement on Sunday in Yenagoa after witnessing the demolition of illegal structures around Tombia area, said the ongoing demolition should not be politicized but supported by all irrespective of party affiliation, insisting that Governor Douye Diri style of governance is commendable and proactive.
Kpodoh said “what Diri has done is commendable. In fact, I give him kudos. Most of the governors in the past have come, barked but could not do anything. In Tombia here, many innocent Bayelsans have lost their lives in the hands of violent criminals. All these illegal structures were hideouts of criminals. They disposed commercial tricycles and shoot passengers. Go to Swali now, there are no more cases of petty robbery and shooting. ”
Kpodoh, who was also a former security Aadviser to the state government, said despite the additional beauty the urban development plan the demolition of illegal structures will add to the state capital, the building of the proposed Etegwe flyover will ensure multiple development and enhance the state security system.
“People should understand that Tombia is the heart of Yenagoa. It is likened to Ogbia, Ammassoma and others. I can stand in my building and be seeing Ammassoma Road. Before now, when the criminals attack, they disappear into darkened shanties. But now, if you commit crime and running, everyone in the area will come out and apprehend you.
“Everybody should support him and thank him for what he is doing. So that when we support him, he can do more. He is the Governor of the state and should be supported. If he fails, we know what the Federal Government used to do but he will not fail. Even though I am an APC man and we should praise him for what he is doing. He has promised the people that he will put a flyover here in Tombia and everyone should support him. “