Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and President Muhammadu Buhari

*Why State Govt Can’t Intervene On failed Portions – Aniagwu

By Eseoghene Emuke

Delta State Government has lamented the deplorable state of federal roads across the three senatorial districts of the state, and has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to direct contractors handling the roads to return to site.

The State Government made its position known on Tuesday at the end of the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting presided over the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Briefing journalists on some of the decisions reached at the meeting, Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, said federal roads across the state are in bad condition.

The commissioner appealed to the Federal Government to prevail on the contractors that were awarded with the contracts to fix the road, to mobilise back to site owing to the importance of the roads to the nation’s socio-economic activities.

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He said the state government could not intervene to remedy the failed portions as a result of an existing contract which the Federal Government claimed to have awarded.

Aniagwu specifically made mentioned of the Asaba end of the River Niger Head Bridge on the Benin-Asaba- Onitsha highway and the various failed portions on the Benin-Sapele-Warri expressway as some of the roads needing urgent attention.

He also disclosed that the council also approved the sum of N1.5 billion for the 2019 counterpart funds for the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

According to him, the meeting also approved the establishment of one primary school and one secondary school in Asaba to increase access to education by children in the capital city.

Information Commissioner, who was flanked by the Commission for Youths Development, Mr. Ifeanyi Egunyanga, explained that a project monitoring unit was also approved by the council to ensure that projects are executed in accordance with approved scope and specification.

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He said the project monitoring unit will be headed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Project Monitoring.

On his part, Mr. Egunyanga said about N1.1 billion has been earmarked for the 2019/2020 work plan for the state job creation office.

He said the present administration is desirous of expanding the job creation scheme across different frontiers.


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