The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, is set to embark on massive road construction as part of its efforts to accelerate the delivery of prosperity for all Deltans, even as its wealth creation programme has been given approval to generate 6,000 direct jobs in the state.
This is also in addition to the upgrading of Three Technical Colleges, in Ofagbe, Agbor and Sapele; Construction of a Model market at Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area with over 126 open shops; Dualization of Nnebisi road, Asaba, from Traffic light to Cable point and the Rehabilitation of the government hospital at Abavo, amongst other far reaching decisions endorsed by the Delta State Executive Council meeting, presided over for the first time, by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
These disclosures were made by the Commissioners of Works, Chief James Augoye; Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Tilije and Basic Education Hon. Chiedu Ebie, as well as the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Mr. Ehiedu Aniagwu respectively, when they addressed newsmen in government House Asaba, at a joint press briefing to throw more light on the outcome of the meeting held in Asaba, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
Echoing the collective theme of the media briefing which centred on the fact that “Without good roads, it will be impossible for prosperity to be delivered,” Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye specifically said, “the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa during his campaign made promises and he is in a haste to see that the campaign promises are actualized within the shortest possible time and within the limited resources available to the state.
According to Aguoye, “This in line with the SMART agenda; Strategic wealth creation initiative and provision of jobs for all, Meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political/social stability, Agricultural reforms and industrialization, Relevant health and education policies and Transformed environment through massive urban renewal.”
He further noted that, “We are aware that there is no way the SMART agenda can be actualized without having effective and sustainable road networks across the state, especially in the area of wealth and job creation,” he asserted, reiterating that the Governor Okowa’s administration has commenced moves in ensuring that the roads are worked on.
The Delta State Works Commissioner then disclosed that during the executive council meeting, approval was given for the dualization of “Nnebisi Road from the Traffic Light to Cable Point which terminates at the Bank of the River Niger,” adding that, “this work on this road is going to be in two phases, the first phase is from Nnebisi Road to the Cable Market which is about 1.71 kilometres, while the second will be from the market to the River Niger and is going to be a single carriage road.”
The Commissioner emphasized that the dualization of the road had become urgent, “due to the heavy commercial activities taking place and in order to make the area more accessible, there is real need to dualise the road,” adding that the state government was poised to immediately address erosion menace across major towns and cities in the state.
On the construction of a modern market at Orerokpe, Chief Augoye said, “the state executive council also approved the construction of a modern market at Orerokpe and the market will have one hundred and ninety six (196) open shops, twenty eight (28) lock up shops, four offices, sixteen toilets, one cold room and one storage room.”
He further said, “the construction of the market will be carried out by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry while the dualisation of the Traffic Light to Cable Market will be done by the Ministry of Works.”
Commissioner for Water Resources, Sir Fidelis Tilije, who informed Journalists that EXCO also approved the rehabilitation and upgrading of a twenty-bed cottage hospital at Azuowa, Abavo, saying, “this project was first awarded in 2004 and since then, it has been overgrown by bushes”, also affirmed that EXCO had approved “the bringing back of 130 youths who are undergoing training in different fields of human endeavour at Trinidad and Tobago and Babados, after the successful completion of their training so that they can share their experiences.”
He said, “You will recall that in the past six weeks, Governor Okowa’s administration has been requesting for application from the youths and farmers to come and take part in the wealth creation exercise. The first tranche will empower 6, 000 Deltans within six months and has been approved by the EXCO,” Sir Tiliije said.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Hon. Ebie equally stated at the briefing that, “EXCO approved three memo’s for the upgrade and procurement of educational equipment for the Technical Colleges in Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele. They are spread across the 3 senatorial districts on the state, we all know the benefits of technical and vocational education because it helps to train our youths and also assure them of a better future.”
Speaking further, Ebie said, “Sadly these technical colleges which are six located across the state have been in state of decay to the extent that the buildings were non-existent and everything had deteriorated, so, in line with the SMART agenda and to ensure that our people are properly equipped, the Governor had identified these colleges but , due to paucity of funds, only three Colleges can be attended to at this time and they will be done in phases,” he said, adding, “there will be an upgrade of the existing facilities which entails the classroom blocks, the workshops, residential accommodation for principals and hostels, there will be procurement of equipments, machines and everything that will be needed to teach the students.”
He equally affirmed that he was presently embarking on a needs assessment tour of secondary schools across the state to address reported cases of over-crowding in some of these schools, occasioned in some instances by the influx of more students from Mission schools to the more affordable public schools, with the objective of ensuring best global practices where a teacher is assigned the appropriate number of pupils instead of being overwhelmed by the number of pupils he has to teach in every class.