Delta approves 30 km of road projects

Delta State Government has approved the construction and rehabilitation of more than 30 kilometres of roads, across its three senatorial districts.

Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, who addressed newsmen after the state’s Executive Council, presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, said the approval was part of measures aimed at urbanising communities in the state.

He listed some of the projects to include 2.05km Kokodiagbene road in Warri South West Local Council; 10.85km Ute-Okpu/Ute-Enugu road in Ika North East Local Council and 1.5km Ovie Palace road in Mosogar in Ethiope West Local Council.

Others include Etua -Oliogo and Etua Etiti roads in Ndokwa West Local Council; 4.9km Aviara – Bethel road in Isoko South Local Council; 1.2km Abi-Ezionum road and 12km internal roads in Uwheru, Ughelli North which, he said, cuts across eight agrarian communities.

He said: “We are still continuing with approval of projects, not just to enable us to finish strong, but also, to reach several rural communities and urbanise them.

“We have approved the construction of Ute-Okpu/Ute-Enugu Road in Ika North East Local Council. It is about 10.85kms.

“This was a road awarded sometime in 2010 during the time of the late Hon. Sam Obi, but was abandoned over time and was later repudiated.”

According to him, EXCO also approved the construction of a landing jetty at Kolofiagbene in Bomadi and the construction of a new office accommodation for the State Civil Service Commission, The Trumpet gathered.

He stated that the state has approved the appointment of a Financial Adviser on a proposal, which, according to him, is requesting the state to be part of the establishment of a manufacturing facility that would be responsible for the coalition and production of nails.

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The commissioner disclosed that there is a factory in Isele-Azagba, which has been in the business of producing nails, pointing out that the company wants to take advantage of the Free Trade Zone in Kwale.

While stressing that the company wants government to provide the enabling environment, Aniagwu said: “We are also considering that if it scales through, we would not hesitate to participate under Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

“So, we have approved a Financial Adviser to advise the government on the viability of this particular investment.

“You also do know that we will be hosting the National Sports Festival in November, this year hence, EXCO has approved the upgrade of a number of sports facilities, including hostels to accommodate the athletes.

“We have tried to situate some of the sports facilities in schools in order for these facilities to still be useful after the sports festival. Exco has approved the upgrade of a hockey pitch at Okpanam.”

On why herdsmen were still moving round the state with their cattle after the anti-open grazing laws was signed into law, the commissioner said the state government was fine tuning its strategies to bring to an end such illegal acts.

He called for collaboration among all stakeholders to fast track development in urban and rural communities.

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