The Delta State government is spending N11 billion to solve the flood menace in Asaba, the capital
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa spoke this during his quarterly media interaction in Asaba yesterday.
Okowa said his administration would fulfil his campaign promises, including ending the ordeal residents encountered during the rainy season.
According to him, the government, after a study of flood challenges in the capital, identified three critical areas to tackle.
“The first is to drain water from the Direct Labour Agency, Jesus Saves and Agric roads and evacuate it into the River Niger.
This will be completed by the end of May.
“The contract for the second drain project, which will evacuate water from Ralph Uwechue to the Anwai River, was awarded in February, and it will be completed in 12 months.
“The third water drainage is to Delta State Broadcasting Station Road and Okpanam Road. This will also be completed in 12 months,” he said.
He said the drainage projects were handled by competent contractors, and promised that they will be completed on time.
Okowa, however, appealed to the people to be patient with government, adding that the impact of the projects will be felt in 2019.
The governor further said that N720 million was spent in conducting the January 6, council election, including the runoff in some parts of the 25 councils.
He also said government set aside N2 billion for the Ministry of Basic and Primary Education to renovate and furnish over 1,600 public primary schools.
He said the government was supporting some councils to build rural markets to grow commerce.
The governor added that the government completed the Oghara Market and approved construction of Ozoro and Burutu markets.
On security, he said government inaugurated peace-building committees which ensured the sustainability of peace.
He urged feuding communities to embrace peace and advised youths, who pose challenges to investors, to desist from the act.
Okowa said the government also approved some funds for the completion of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, for the hosting of the 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Competition (ASAC) in August.
According to him, all ancillary facilities, including the swimming pools, parking lots, lightning, among others, will be completed before the competition.
The governor promised that the facilities will meet international standard.
“Work is ongoing at the stadium and we hope to complete it early enough for the hosting of the ASAC as we are expecting over 100 countries in attendance.
Okowa hoped work at the airport will be completed before the competition.
He said the contractor handling the runway project promised that the work will be ready before April ending.
“We want to reassure that we are committed and focused in delivering on our promises; there is a lot to be done and we hope that our resources will improve.
“We are urging the people to support us and for those youths who act as stumbling blocks to investors, I remind them that they are destroying their future,” Okowa said.