The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro says the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration won’t take any decision without hearing from Deltans, hence he called on the people who are stakeholders of the ongoing Bus Rapid Terminal, BRT in Effurun, to cooperate with the state government.
Barr. Otuaro made the disclosure Wednesday July 14 at Government House Annex in Warri, Delta State during a stakeholders’ meeting on the ongoing BRT construction work in Warri and Effurun.
He re-assured the people and the Ovie of Uvwie that the initial name given to the project will be changed to bear Effurun-Warri BRT instead of Warri BRT.
Barr. Otuaro also stressed that the government will look into the contribution made by the stakeholders seriously for effective implementation.
In his submission, the Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area, Hon. Henry Baro Minabowanre disclosed that one of the problems encountered in the society is lack of information, just as he lauded the effort of the state government in executing the BRT project in the area.
Engr. Otunola making a public presentation of the BRT
The Project Manager and the Managing Director of Planet Projects, Engr. Biodun Otunola opined that Warri-Sapele road is the most critical in Delta State.
Engr. Otunola who is also a BRT Expert, outlined some of the qualities of the BRT Project to include a well designed pedestrian walk-way “comparable to anyone in the world”, completion of 7 BRT Stations, 98 percent indigenous staff employed and BRT IT services.
The Planet Projects MD opined that BRT will kill the culture of cars in Delta State and in Nigeria at large and highlighted some of the challenges facing the project to include vehicular traffic, property encroachment and compensation.
He assured the stakeholders of completing the project before the next nine months if terms are agreed with the state government.
The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Emmanuel Sideso Abe I, in a remark appreciated the government for initiating several developmental projects in Uvwie and noted that most of the youths causing problems in Uvwie Local Government Area are not from the local government and not his subjects.
He also called on the state government to dualis the Effurun-Warri -Sapele road in order to have free flow of traffic.
Others who air their opinion include the Deputy Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Delta State branch, Chief Michael Ajuya, the Chairman, Effurun Spare Parts Dealers Association, Mr. Nwali, Hendrick Opukeme and Barr. Victor Otomewo.