Surveyor Igo Goin, a former member of the National Boundary Commission from Bayelsa State, has dismissed as a “street talk” the claims by some politicians in the state that the vacant seat of the Central Senatorial District has been allocated to a favored aspirant by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He said the emergence of a Central Senatorial district candidate will depend largely on party loyalty, wide consultation and integrity.
According to Surveyor Goin, who served on the National Boundary Commission between 2013 and 2015, said though some politicians during an electoral contest drop names and makes claims on a non-existing agreements, the vacant central Senatorial district will go to a better aspirants from the PDP.
Surveyor Igo Goin, while interacting with media executives in Yenagoa on the pressure and calls on him by his people to run for the vacant Central Senatorial seat, said he has accepted to serve the people of the Senatorial district made up of Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw and Kolokuma-Opokuma, “You see, i am a very straight forward person and that is why i stand an edge above a lot of the contestants”
“They have gone to various parties at different times and come back. And if we all have left, they won’t be able to come and meet the party. I am here, because i believe that the people that am working with understands me. That’s why I have been very persistent in this party, and this party have also done better in the development of both the state and the federal level. So there is no need to go and join people that are not thinking outside the box. A lot of the people here, thinks outside the box”.
“On the issue of a gentleman agreement within the PDP, am hearing it for the first time. Everybody, drops names and say what will benefit them so i am not aware of that and this senatorial elections, that is coming this seat that is vacant, came from Kolokuma opokuma the present governor was the person in senate he has won this governorship election, now Yenagoa has been there for twelve years before it went to Kolokuma-Opokuma. So as it is now, it is obvious that it’s coming to southern Ijaw. And if it comes to southern Ijaw, Constituency 4 where the past party chairman comes from, has the Secretary to State Government(SSG).This party, the PDP, also gave ticket to the present SSG to run for house of Reps for constituency 4 and constituency 4 to choose an APC candidate who is also representing the constituency 4”
“Constituency 3, has the local government chairman presently. Constituency 2, also has the leader of the Bayelsa state house of Assembly. I am from constituency 1, constituency 1 has nobody we don’t have anybody in the main stream of politics so what our people are even saying is for the PDP to bring it to constituency 1 and give it to Igo Goin to represent us because we can’t leave constituency 1 vacant because we also form almost 50 per cent of the local government as it is so i stand a better chance, to win the election even the general elections, i stand a better chance than all of them because some of them have not brought results for the past four elections because of the neutralization of their areas so i stand a better chance, the gentleman agreement is just a street talk nobody is aware of that”
Surveyor Goin,who also served as the Former Managing Director of the Bayelsa Geographic Information Service (BGIS), applauded the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri for the administration’s decision to embark on urban renewal plan, declaring that such plan will change the face of the State Capital and position it for modern day businesses.
He said, ”I am a champion of urban renewal. I have always said it, even the past government i have tried to talk to the governor. I have even written various papers on urban renewal. What we need in yenagoa today, is urban renewal. Look at this road, we came from that is not an urban road we need to expand. People, will be angry that they are demolishing now even people are insulting the governor this is a city, it’s not a village so urban renewal is very necessary, because we started the state on a wrong footing so anybody that wants the state, must start from urban renewal before he even thinks of new development.”
“We need to redesign this state capital and do a proper urban renewal and don’t bother whether your sister, or brother’s place is affected. So urban renewal, is a necessity that must be done and i appreciate what the governor is doing, by taking a wonderful step so everybody, needs to support him i will support him totally. Like when I was the managing director, of Bayelsa state geographical information system, what I did was that in an urban city, we should be able to get proper postal services so what i did first as the phase one, was to ensure that i encode every building in this town, and all the buildings are encoded.”
According to Goin, a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors said Urban renewal is a sacrosanct if a state must compete among the comity of states.
“Bayelsa particularly the state capital, Yenagoa, has been spitted into commercial, private, and some are mixed used when we do that, the next stage is to send data to goggle and if we are able to pay goggle properly, every place, every building is described on the access to get there so I have done that which was the project I did. it’s there if you go to your house just check you will see the code on your house. So all those are part of urban renewals so urban renewal, is a necessity and must be done to give the state a facelift ”, said Goin.