Okowa Spends N32 Billion On Road Construction


Okowa Spends N32 Billion On Road Construction
IN line with his determination to make life better for
Deltans, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration
has spent over N32 billion on road construction, the
Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye has
said.

Addressing Journalists (28/11/16) in a Ministerial
Press Briefing organised by the state’s Ministry of
Information, Chief Augoye said the amount was for
the construction of roads from 2015 to 2016.
“In line with the realization that road development
and construction is the backbone for the
achievement of the SMART agenda of Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, the Ministry has
embarked on seventy one road projects at a total
cost of N32. 905 billion for construction between
May 2015 and November 2016 covering over 282
kilometres of road and 136 kilometres of concrete
lined drains,” he said.

He added, “the value of projects currently being
handled by the Ministry, including those inherited
from the previous administration is put at about
N110 billion and it covers 381 kilometres of roads.”
The Works Commissioner however, disclosed that
“the terrain of the state also results in additional
high cost of constructing roads with respect to the
swampy nature of some parts which require the
replacement of quantities of unsuitable materials
and several hydraulic structures on the one hand
and erosion prone parts of the state where drainage
structures are necessary.”

At the press briefing, the Secretary to the Delta
State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie-Agas
stated that Governor Okowa’s administration has
achieved a lot of results in building peace among
Deltans which has made the state conducive for
investments.

According to him, the 41-member peace building
and advisory council which was inaugurated by
Governor Okowa “has been modified to include
settlement of disputes among communities and
ensuring peace building platforms aimed at socio-
political stability of the state.”

He also, stated that Governor Okowa, has
encouraged activities of security operatives in the
state by giving them necessary incentives and also,
established the “Delta State Security Trust fund to
help in mobilizing funds for intervention in critical
areas of security administration and thereby,
ensure the achievement of conducive atmosphere
for socio-economic activities.”

Hon. Agas, stated that among bills that were
initiated by Governor Okowa’s administration have
been passed into law for promoting good
governance, the administration has also, executed
several programmes to make the people
prosperous.

The Commissioner for Urban Renewal in the state,
Mr Oghenekaro Ilolo during the press briefing said
Governor Okowa was committed to ensuring that
the towns and cities in the state wears good look to
encourage investors and tourists while the
Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr
Patrick Ukah stated that the press briefing has
made it possible for Nigerians, Deltans in particular
to know some of the things that Governor Okowa
was doing to make life better for the people, adding
that all the Commissioners in the state would take
their turn to brief the press. 

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