Despite the tough economic situation of the country, the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said his administration was partnering with private investors to ensure speedy development of Asaba as a befitting state capital.
The Governor made the disclosure on 26/05/16, shortly after commissioning four roads and inspecting some of the on-going projects in Asaba.
Roads that were commissioned include, extension of access road to the Orthopaedic Surgical Ward and the Doctors quarters at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC); Usonia Road, access road to Christ Embassy Church and the Esenwa Street all in Asaba and the inspection of the Cable Point road dualization and the Okpanam road dualization.
According to the Governor who spoke at the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, his administration was partnering with investors to develop the Delta Commercial City and the Delta SMART City, disclosing that the projects, when completed, would boost the socio-economic life of the people.
“I want to reassure Your Royal Majesty that we are going to remain focused; we are partnering with some investors to see how we can develop Asaba to become a befitting state capital; we have signed some MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) on housing development while others are in the works,” he said.
He further stressed that his administration is developing the Delta Commercial City at the bridge head
“We have resolved all the issues hindering the construction and soon work will begin on this project, we will start the development of the Delta SMART City when we find the right partners to see it to fruition; the projects were part of the requests made by the Asagba-in-Council and the construction of road at the FMC was based on the fact that many Deltans make use of the facilities in the hospital.” He added.
Speaking on behalf of the Asagba, the Iyase of Asaba, Chief Patrick Onyeobi commended the developmental strides of Governor Okowa within his one year in office, describing him as a man who came into governance with a mind-set of what he will do for the people.
At the FMC where Governor Okowa commenced the commissioning of projects, mammoth crowd came out to receive him, singing his praises, saying that from his days as the Senator representing Delta North, his passion for the provision of adequate facilities at the FMC knew no bounds.
Chief Nicholas Chizea who spoke on behalf of the Asagba of Asaba at the venue said, “God endorsed what the Governor is doing that is why they are going on smoothly; the paucity of funds have not deterred the Governor from working for the development of the state.”