Okowa Promises To Take Advantage Of Dry Season To Complete Road Projects

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

 

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has promised that the dry season will be fully utilised to complete roads projects across the state.

The governor said this on Monday during the inspection of some road projects in Boji-Boji Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.

He noted that contractors handling different road projects in the state have fully mobilised to sites, adding that there is a mapped out strategy for their payments.

“I am happy with the quality of projects. Our people in all parts of the state deserve necessary infrastructure.

“Contractors have been mobilised to sites. As a government, we always utilise the dry season to the fullest to construct roads.

“The contractors are world class, once they give you their words, they deliver and we are comfortable doing business with them,” he said.

Some of the roads inspected by Governor Okowa on Monday, November 10.

 

Governor Okowa also inspected roads at Queens Street and roads at the Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) estate.

Speaking about the storm drainage projects in Asaba, he promised that the contractors will meet the February 2019 deadline.

He added that some of the drainage projects have been completed while others were at different stages of completion.

I’m Not Losing Sleep Over Impeachment Plots – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki during his visit to Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

 

Senate President Bukola Saraki has debunked claims that the Senate is yet to reconvene due to fear of impeachment by Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki told journalists after a closed-door meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Saturday, that he is not losing sleep over impeachment plot. He added that those calling for his impeachment are only engaging in cheap blackmail.

“I am not losing any sleep about impeachment. We have a country that a lot of Nigerians believe there must be rule of law, those who are talking about impeachment are engaging in cheap blackmail and I am not concerned about that,” he said.

Saraki also revealed further reasons why he dumped the ruling APC for the opposition, PDP. He claimed that projects Nigerians expect of the present administration were never realised.

“I have made a four-page statement on why I left the All Progressives Congress (APC) and I made it very clear that the ideas and visions of what we expected, was not realised in the areas of democracy, justice.

“Those that followed the political terrain of the last three years can see that the people are not happy. It is not about myself but about Nigerians and about the kind of country we want to build. The kind of democracy we want to be practised and the kind of leadership we need.

“We have not been able to achieve any of this under the APC as much as we have tried,” he said.

Saraki was accompanied on the visit to Delta by some Senators, including, Senators Dino Melaye and Peter Nwaoboshi.

Delta State Govt. Advocates Proper Disposal Of Medical Waste

Delta State Govt. Advocates Proper Disposal Of Medical Waste The Delta state government has received an incinerator to help in improving the disposal of medical waste in the state.

The equipment was given to the institution by a private donor, a gesture which the Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended.

According to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O), 15% of waste generated by health care activities are hazardous to the society.

The government has therefore stated that the incinerator would be used in one of the state hospitals as a vital equipment to keep the environment safe.

Channels Television visited the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, where the appropriate method of disposal was being demonstrated.

A staff of the hospital said, the temperature of the incinerator is usually between 1,900 and 2000 degrees centigrade which is capable of burning any item to ashes before the final disposal.

While the government has expressed gratitude for the gesture, it has also called on other organisations and corporate entities to render more support in the provision of public infrastructure.

Delta Govt. Scores Administration High On Empowerment Programme

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has scored his administration high, in its empowerment programme.

Okowa, in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 had said, the performance of his administration would be predicated on a SMART agenda, which is an acronym for Strategic wealth creation projects and provision of jobs for all residents of the state.

The governor said, “I came in with the SMART Agenda and I have continued to stay on course despite the economic recession; yes I agree that we are supposed to move much faster than we are doing today, but, the fact remains that though the economy is bad we have continued to keep hope alive and we will continue to stay focused on our programs.”

“In the year 2015, we had two main programs for the youths; the Youth Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program(YAGEP) and in that year, we had 256 youths that were trained in agricultural production, we are happy to announce that they have all been established; we have visited some of them and they are doing very well, and we are glad to announce the success of the program,” He said.

“In the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) we engaged 1044 youths, we have had a continued monitoring and mentoring program; and the reports we have received have been very positive.”

The governor also disclosed that, “In 2016, the YAGEP program, we trained 342 persons while in the STEP program, we trained 557 persons; the programs had their starter packs put in place and we had a micro-credit adjustment.

“We believe that if we continue to meet the people’s need, things will be better for them, so, while we are providing them with starter packs, we are also introducing them to work with the micro-credit scheme”

“We have also started a program for people with disabilities, they have been engaged in the programs and they are currently doing very well.

“We had the graduate employment enhancement scheme; most of the youths in the agricultural scheme are in clusters because we realized that it was the best way and we have been doing very well with the cluster system,” He said.

Okowa Signs MoU For Development Of Smart Cities

Okowa Signs MoU For Development Of Smart CitiesGovernor Ifeanyi Okowa, on behalf of Delta state government, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kems Infrastructure Solution Limited and Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria for the development of smart cities in the state.

Signing the MoU at the Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa stated that the MoU was in his bid to ensure speedy development of Delta State.

He said that it would also bring about innovative ICT solutions that would position the state to tackle challenges as they arise.

“With this partnership which concerns our smart cities, we will have a better management of our security in the state and through the various infrastructural development, our economy and the knowledge of our people will improve,” the Governor said.

To the partners, he said: “This partnership will be a win-win situation for all of us as both your company, Delta State government and our people will benefit from it.”

The Director, Huawei Technologies Company Limited, Mr Welion Yang, who spoke at the occasion, thanked Governor Okowa for providing the enabling environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He gave the assurance that his company would deliver quality products and on time to the benefits of the government and people of Delta State.

While the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie-Agas signed the MoU on behalf of the government of Delta State, Mr Welion Yang signed for Huawei Technologies Company Limited while Lilian Ranganath signed on behalf of Kems Infrastructure Support Solutions Limited.

Delta Govt. Says Dualising Nnebisi Road Nears Completion

 Nnebisi Road in Delta StateThe Delta State Government says it has kept its promise to dualise the Nnebisi road which is about 70% completed, from the traffic light to the cable Point which terminates at the bank of the River Niger.

The government says the development was to actualise the vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration of even infrastructural development in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, James Augoye, made the disclosure in Asaba, the Delta State capital, south-south Nigeria.

Augoye revealed that the road construction is in two phases with the first phase from Nnebisi Road to the Cable Market which is about 1.71 kilometres.

He added that the second phase would be from the market to River Niger as a single carriage road.

The Commissioner gave an insight on the characteristics and value of the road, stressing that the government would only embark on projects that were geared towards the economic development of the state.

He pointed out that without good roads, it would be impossible for economic activities to thrive, even as more deliverable was expected from the government.

The Cable Market is at the centre of the connection between the Igalas in Kogi State, the Igbos of Asaba in Delta State and the Igbos of Nteje in Anambra State.

Although some of the traders had raised concerns on the project, they commended the state government for its efforts so far.

They said the road was known to be very bad as it distorts the activities of farmers, traders and other road users.

Delta Govt Commits To Infrastructural Development

Delta, Ifeanyi OkowaThe Delta State Government has restated its commitment to the delivery of infrastructural development in the state despite the present economic challenges.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave the state government’s commitment in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital while inspecting and commissioning some projects in the state in south-south Nigeria.

He promised to place the interest of the people of the state above all other interests.

The Governor said that his administration had started to fulfil its promise to undertake projects that would deliver democratic dividends.

In his remarks, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, said the development was part of the activities to mark the celebration of the Governor’s one year in office.

He said this phase of commissioning had finally come to a conclusion, beginning with the commissioning of the Abavo General Hospital and its access road, the Palace Road in Owa-Oyibu in Ika South and North East local government areas.

The Governor’s train then moved to Uduophori Road in Patani LGA where he decried the poor quality of work on some sections of the project by the contractor after being briefed by a protesting community.

For about a month, Dr. Okowa has been on a commissioning and inspection tour of various projects undertaken by his administration throughout the state.

The state residents look forward to seeing not just the civil servant sanctioned if found culpable, but every other person saddled with the responsibility of supervising the road.

Okowa Flags Off Delta State Traffic Management Agency

Traffic ManagementThe Delta State Government has inaugurated the Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA).

The agency is saddled with a responsibility to improve traffic compliance, ensure safe reliable and incident free transportation on roads in the state.

According to the State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, DESTMA has been modelled after the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) in recognition of its laudable achievements in Lagos.

For eight days, pioneer officials of the agency, drawn from the civil service and the public have undergone an induction programme comprising paramilitary training and conducted by the Army and Police in preparation for the job ahead.

While congratulating the newly inducted officers of the agency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that the setting up of the agency was meant to check bad behaviour by road users and enhance free flow of traffic, safety and security on Delta roads.

The operations of the agency would commence in three stations; Asaba, Warri/Effurun and Ughelli, while others stations would come up in due course.

Delta State Signs MoU For Power Generation

Delta StateThe Delta State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an American company, Alpha Energy and Electric Inc., for the generation of 500 Megawatts of electricity through public-private partnership.

This is part of its efforts to boost power generation in the state.

Speaking during the signing ceremony in Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that the development of the Independent Power Plants (IPP) would help boost the energy capacity of the state.

This, he said, would help the state to meet the power needs of investors and businesses, disclosing that power remained a prerequisite for investments and for industries to thrive in the country.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the state government by the Secretary to State Government Mr Ovie Agas, witnessed by Governor Okowa along with other members of the State Executive Council.

The Governor urged the company to commence work as soon as possible and gave them the assurance of government’s support and the necessary investment friendly environment to enable the PPP project succeed.

Delta Govt. Receives Bids To Develop International Airport

DeltaThe Delta State Government has received bids from 14 companies to develop the Asaba International Airport.

Some indigenous and international organisations made the proposals for the role of transaction adviser for the international airport in Delta State’s capital, after the government had put out an advert for the position some weeks ago.

According to the Senior Policy Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Professor Sylvester Monye, the submission exercise by the companies had been made as transparent as possible for an effective selection process of the winner.

The Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Orogun George, also said that the winner of the bid would be required to provide professional transaction advisory services to the state government and perform the duties normally expected of such firms.

These responsibilities include: the completion of project preparation, structuring, designing and managing the procurement, review of enabling legal and regulatory framework, preparation of definitive concession agreements among others.

Doctors Protest Kidnap Of Colleague In Delta

DoctorsSome resident doctors have staged a peaceful protest over the kidnap of their colleague last week in Delta State.

Members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara and the state’s chapter of the Medical Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) took to the Government House in Asaba on Wednesday to demand the release of Doctor Obiabo.

According to the doctors, “No fewer than 10 members of staff have been kidnapped and ransom demanded. In this particular case, the ransom of 15 million Naira has been demanded by the kidnappers before the victim is released.”

The ARD President, Dr. Innocent Okocha and the MDCAN Vice Chairman, Dr. Umuerri Ejiro, demanded the intervention of the Delta State government and other security agencies to ensure the release of their member in less than 48 hours.

Receiving the doctors on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Secretary to the State Government, Festus Agas, assured the doctors of the commitment of the present administration to safety of lives and property in the state.

The Spokesman of the Delta State Police Command, Celestina Kalu, also said that the Police was doing its best to ensure the release of the victim.

NASU Delta Urges Governor To Prioritise Workers’ Salaries

DeltaThe Non-Academic Staff Union and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NASU), Delta Chapter have called on the Delta government to take serious their welfare.

Speaking on behalf of the union, the Chairman of NASU, State Council Asaba, Comrade C.P Akpede, stressed the need to prioritise the salaries of workers in the state.

Assuring the Governor of their support for his administration, he noted that for a worker to be relevant and productive, he needed his daily/monthly salary.

He also brought to the notice of the Governor, the fact that the zonal offices created by the former chairperson of the board about five years ago had not taken off due to non-provision of office accommodation and furniture.

Addressing the issues raises by the union, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the leadership of trade unions to instill in their members, productivity and discipline in their work places.

He explained the reasons for delayed salaries in the state and also promised that his administration would always give priority to the payment of salaries no matter the situation.