Delta state Commissioner for Information, Barrister Chike Ogeah has made an expose on the myriad of projects completed by the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan as well as others under various stages of construction.
Ogeah, in a statement made available to Blank NEWS Online listed among roads and bridges embarked upon by the state government to include the dualisation of Effurun-Eku road, dualisation of Ugbenu-Koko road, dualisation of Ughelli-Asaba Expressway, construction of Abigborodo Bridge and township roads, as well as the construction of township roads in Asaba, Warri, Ughelli, Agbor and Sapele.
He also noted that in addition to the infrastructural strides of the state governor, many roads linking the numerous towns and villages in the state have also been constructed.
Ogeah further disclosed that another area where Governor Uduaghan recorded a major feat is the upgrading of the state health sector.
The hospitals include the construction of Ekpan Maternal and Childcare Centre; rehabilitation and reconstruction of Eku Baptist Hospital; construction of Maternal and Childcare Centre at Central Hospital, Warri; building and modernization of General Hospitals in all local government headquarters and health centres in many towns and villages; and the completion of Special Kidney Centre at Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara.
Meanwhile, in his determination to reposition and revive the education sector, over 60 new Model Primary Schools equipped with libraries, computer centres, sport facilities have been completed across the state·
In the same vein, four new polytechnics are presently under construction in addition to the four existing ones, alongside the phased rehabilitation and reconstruction of all secondary schools in the state.
According to the state Information Commissioner, “All the schools in Delta State are being upgraded to make them very competitive and better equipped than private institutions.”
In a bid to boost the Transport system and ease the transportation problem of Deltans, the state government acquired over 100 buses and 40 Maco Polo buses which have already been deployed to the intra-city, inter-city and inter-state roads·
Ogeah, who said that “More than 130 water buses have also been procured to boost water transportation in the riverine areas”, added that, “So far, more than 1,500 tricycles have been procured and distributed to private operators at subsidized rates where no fewer than 5,000 people will be employed through the repositioning of the transport sector in Delta State.”
He also hinted that “About 120 bus shelters are being constructed across the state in phases, with the first phase for the construction of 30 already nearing completion.”
This milestone, according to Barr. Chike Ogeah, is also targetted at improving the revenue base of the state.
The state Information boss, while harping on the slogan of building a Delta Beyond Oil, through the intensification of efforts in Agriculture, said “An integrated approach to boosting agriculture, which involves partnering with the private sector on large scale farming and providing credit for small and medium scale farming has been developed.”
“Thus we have the OFN-Delta Farms at Ogwashi-Uku which has a broiler farm of 220,000 birds, a layer farm of 150,000 laying capacity, a rearing unit of 50,000 point of lay hens, a feed mill and broiler processing plant. This is a commercial venture. Up to 2,000 jobs have been created from this venture.”
“A credit scheme which grants low interest loans and improved farm seedlings and implements is in top gear. Many beneficiaries have set up thriving fish farms and crop farms through the assistance of the state government”, he affirmed.
Speaking on the already operational Asaba Airport in the state capital, Barr. Chike Ogeah said the airport which is of international standard has brought a new dimension to the country’s aviation sector as scheduled commercial flights are operated daily at the airport.
“Ultimately, the Asaba Airport will encompass a cargo section to take advantage of the commercial activities in the eastern part of the country. The Osubi Airport in Warri is also being upgraded as plans have been concluded to construct an additional runway to increase the capacity of the airport to handle bigger planes”, he explained.
On the current development of Warri Industrial Park, he pointed out that the project is designed to be the driving force for the Delta Beyond Oil initiative of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, adding that the Park is conceptualized to be driven by the private sector with the state providing the enabling environment for private enterprises to thrive.
Barr. Chike Ogeah, however confirmed that, “Already, a petro-chemical complex and a fertilizer company are the top projects that foreign investors have already committed to building at the Park.”