DELTA GOVT APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF 4 ROADS **** Pledges Speedy Completion of On-going Roads Rehabilitation in Asaba

David Diai

briefAs part of its urban renewal and developmental efforts, the Delta State Government has approved the construction and rehabilitation of four major roads in the state, even as it has assured that the on-going rehabilitation of some important inner roads in Asaba, the State capital will be accelerated to ensure that the roads are delivered and operational before the commencement of the rainy season.

This disclosure was made by the Delta State Commissioner for Works, Hon. James Aguoye, during a post-exco press briefing with news men in Government House, Asaba on 12-1-2016.

Listing the roads to be given critical attention, Chief Augoye said that the Owa-Eki/Owa-Alero road would be dualized, while the Ughelli-Afisere-Ufoma road would be reconstructed, adding that the Okpare-Umolu-Kiagbodo road, which was a major artery serving the connecting communities surrounding the Edwin Clark University, would be rehabilitated and the Kefas road, Oleh would be extended to the Emede-Olomoro road junction.

The briefing, which was supervised by the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah and had in attendance, the Delta State Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie, the Commissioner for Works, equally served as platform for Chief James Augoye to inform Deltans that the roads were meant to bring economic development closer to the people and open up the various communities, in those areas.

Speaking further, the Delta Works Commissioner stated that the ongoing work at Okpanam road would be accelerated for quick completion before the rains set in, even as he assured that the requisite processes have almost been concluded to construct a proper drainage on the Direct Labour Agency, DLA and Jesus Saves Roads, to ensure that any further rehabilitation work on the two key roads will justify the funding appropriated for the work.

In his own brief, the Delta Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie explained that the Delta State Government generated an average of 3.5billion naira monthly as internally generated revenue adding that the state government was able to pay its workers December salary before the Christmas celebration, which underscored the importance the administration of Governor administration attached to the welfare and well being of the Workers in the state.

Summing up the briefing, the Information Commissioner, Hon. Patrick Ukah attributed the prompt payment of December salaries and indeed the articulat3d selection of key projects to undertake, to the prudent financial management and discipline on the part of the administration and while pointing out that funds would be judiciously and maximally expended to achieve milestone results in all projects, assured that all the relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and the Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency, have all been primed, in collaboration with the Ministry of Works, to ensure that the state capital is given the appropriate attention it deserves. 

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