Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and President Muhammadu Buhari

By Eseoghene Emuke

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has granted the Delta State government permission to carry out repairs on failed federal roads across the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this on Sunday, noting that the state government following the directive had mobilised contractors to some of the failed portions in the state.

The governor made the disclosure while speaking at a thanksgiving service of the state deputy governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro at the Christ Embassy Church in Effurun, Uvwie Council Area of the state.

Okowa stated that the state government got the approval last week Thursday following a request to the federal government to intervene on the increasing dilapidation of some of its roads in the state.

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 He said the motive was to improve the state of federal roads in the state and to make inter-state movement more easier.

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Okowa further disclosed that palliative work had started on the Benin-Sapele-Warri road and at the Asaba side of  River Niger Bridge on the Asaba-Onitsha highway. 

According to the governor, added the state government would also rehabilitate the Agbor- Abraka-Eku road, which had also been in a deplorable state. 

“I know that Deltans are unhappy with the deplorable state of federal roads across the state. We may not have the resources to do the road but we can do palliative work on them.

“After applying for permission from the Federal Government to embark on the rehabilitation of these failed roads in the state, we got approval three days ago and we have deployed contractors to commence work on the very bad spots,” the governor said. 

He assured Deltans that he and his deputy “will continue to humble ourselves before God and Deltans because we have not come to be lord over them. We have indeed come to serve the people”.  

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The governor stated that there were many reasons for his administration to be thankful to God, pointing out that they were not disappointed during the campaigns and elections in spite of the challenges and intrigues which characterised the exercises.

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Earlier in his remarks, Otuaro recalled the events that culminated in their victory at the polls, and said that God gave them victory.   

He acknowledged the overwhelming support from the people of the state, including traditional rulers and the clergy and called for intense prayers for the state government and the nation.

The deputy governor reaffirmed the determination of the Okowa’s administration to bequeath a “Stronger Delta” to the people.

In his sermon, the Pastor of the church, Eddy Owase, said thanksgiving would only be meaningful when the people established a good relationship with God. 

The service was attended by former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, who took the first reading; Senator James Manager; Mr Sheriff Oborevwori, Speaker, Delta State House Of Assembly among others.

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