From 2005 to 2007 Goodluck Jonathan was the Governor of Bayelsa and from 2010 to 2015, he served as the President of Nigeria. After his retirement, the politician has bee quietly living in his hometown. Let’s take a tour of President Goodluck Jonathan’s house in Bayelsa.
Transfiguration of Otuoke
The former president is responsible for building a large estate which is located in the centre of Otuoke on a small island community next to the local government office. Jonathan has succeeded in making some big changes in the area.
The following was implemented:
– At first, the size of the property was about 7 acres. Then the space was expanded. The previous owners were paid some money so that they could settle in the new territory.
– Considerable attention is given to the security of the area. The domain is guarded by armed soldiers.
– Eight buildings are fenced. Each has its mission: place of rest, security room or offices. This complex can be called a modern fortress. During Jonathan’s presidency it was visited by some of his political advisers.
Jonathan appropriated the rights for all the lands around his property. As a result, it was possible to turn one building into a real estate. It is an impressive architectural project. Everyone would like to live in such a house, because it has everything necessary for absolute comfort. The small castle creates a sharp contrast of the rural atmosphere.
The building and reconstruction of this area took about ten years to achieve. By 2015, it was ready to be lived in.
This territory where houses are located is best called an island.
Have the changes been welcomed?
Local residents are very happy with these changes. The former President was praised for his efforts. He has also been referred to as a model of democracy and peace in Nigeria. People say Otuoke is now beginning to look different, and in a good way. Previously, it was a real jungle. Most of the houses were old and decrepit.
Today you can see that the once average village has turned into a cozy picturesque small town. In combination with the beauty of the surrounding nature, modern buildings have given the place a more aesthetic look. Nearby is a beautiful stream, so living in this place is certainly very nice.
The new complex freshens the look of the area. And the people of Otuoke are very grateful to Jonathan. The town has now become one of the most important places in Bayelsa. While we are sure that he did a lot of things to make his life and his family’s life better, it’s still a good thing that he remembered his roots and created something for his community