Governor Uduaghan said the he had the project in mind when he was coming into office and thanked God for the realization of the project in the twilights of his administration.
“I had this project in mind when I was coming into office as well as the New layout in Jakpa Road. I thank God that we have been able to carry out these projects before the end of my administration. No doubt this project will ensure free flow of track around the Effurun roundabout.” He said.
“I am glad to announce to you all that many people expected Delta to be one of the flash points during and after the elections but we are happy today that Delta is very calm and our Governor-Elect is accepted all over Delta State. For me this is one legacy am glad to leave behind as I bow out of office come May 29.”
He commended the community for not constituting a clog to the completion of the project while assuring that the Shoprite at Effurun will be opened in a few weeks time. The Governor also used the occasioned to call on the people of Uvwie to vote for the PDP candidate Chief Ighoyota Amori in the rescheduled Delta Central Run Off election scheduled to hold on April 25th.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Hon Henry Baro paid glowing tributes to Governor Uduaghan for finishing strong at Uvwie Local Government.
“We appreciate His Excellency for finding the Effurun Flyover project worthy of being constructed because of the heavy traffic congestion around the Effurun roundabout.
“Uvwie Local Government is not just cosmopolitan but a home for all. We thank you very specially for the massive projects you have executed here. We are glad to be beneficiaries of your finishing strong agenda.
“Uvwie was known to be a very volatile local government but is now very peaceful as a result of your peace and security agenda.” He said
Also speaking, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso, Abe 1, OON, thanked the Governor Uduaghan for transforming Uvwie local government
“True leaders are known for keeping to their words. You have always kept to your words. Your 3 point agenda has had great impact on the people of Uvwie Kingdom.
“Your policies have impacted positively to the lives of our people and we can’t thank you enough for the transformed Enerhen Junction, remodeled Jakpa Road Junction, Uvwie Modern Market! Dualized Refinery Road with a spur to NNPC Housing Complex Road with attendant street lights which is a beauty to behold at night, the phase 2 of the Ekpan General Hospital remodeling, The Shoprite that you will also be commissioning in a few weeks time. On behalf of the people of Uvwie Kingdom, we adopt you as our son and our doors are opened for you at all times.”
In his address, State Commissioner for works Hon Solomon Funkekeme expressed appreciation to the Governor for ensuring that funds were made available for the completion of the project on time.
He said the project was awarded in August 2013 to CCC Limited. The project is 447 meters long totally 894 meters approximately a kilometer on both sides of the dual carriage, the bridge is a 120 meter long six pan bridge, two ramps of about 150 meter and 177 meters at the Sapele Effurun approaches respectively. It also includes 1,721 meter length of road works, 4 lane dual carriage way with each two lanes on each travel direction demarcated with New Jersey barrier at a total cost of N4.1 billion.
Present at the commissioning ceremony were, Deputy Governor Prof. Amos Agbe Utuama, SAN, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso, Abe 1, OON Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Chairman PDP Delta State, Chief Edwin Uzor, Distinguished Senator James Manager and Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Hon. Commissioner for Works, Delta State Hon. Funkekeme Solomon, Speaker Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, Commissioner for Water Resources Hon. Dr Chris Oghenechovwen, Member representing Uvwie Constituency Hon. Efe Ofobruku, Member-Elect Ughelli South Constituency, DTHA Hon. Barrister Reuben Izeze, Chief of Staff Government House, Prof Hope Eghagha, clergy men, Royal fathers and numerous guests.