Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has officially commissioned 64 completed township road projects in Asaba, the state capital, assuring that his administration would deliver on its electoral pledge to Deltans.
During the commissioning on Tuesday, March 03, 2015, Governor Uduaghan, was accompanied by Chairman, Oshimili South LGA, Barr. Chucks Obusom, representative of Asagba of Asaba, Chief Goodluck Onyeobi and Commissioner for Information, Barr. Chike Ogeah.
Speaking during the commissioning exercise witnessed by cross-section of Deltans and representatives of the Asagba of Asaba, Governor Uduaghan said it was a thing of joy for his administration to execute projects in Asaba.
He observed that Asaba is a symbol of unity of Delta State and as such deserved developmental projects as it would encourage investors to come and do business in the state.
According to him, “when I came into government, I told myself and the people of Delta State, that Asaba has come to stay as a state capital and so we must make it a befitting state capital.”
“We have to live in unity as a state, we must take it as a responsibility to develop the state capital, we have a befitting Government House, the gains you get from a befitting Government House you cannot imagine it; visitors who see the Government House will be ready to do business with us and invest in other parts of the state,” the Governor said.
He added: “These are not glamorous projects, they are needed for the development of a befitting state capital. The location of Asaba is very strategic in the Delta Beyond Oil initiative, we will take advantage of its closeness to Onitsha market and make Asaba another economic hub.”
Dr Uduaghan assured Deltans that the Asaba Specialist Hospital which has been remodelled and restructured when completed would be one of the best equipped hospitals in the country, adding that the fly-over projects in Asaba and Warri would be commissioned in the next few weeks.
Commissioner for Works, Mr. Funkekeme Solomon in an address, said “over N487 billion has been committed to civil engineering infrastructural development across the state in various spheres” by Governor Uduaghan’s administration.
“733 roads, 25 bridges, two flyovers and two airport development in Asaba and Warri have been embarked upon and to date, over N270 billion has been expended”, he added.
The Asagba of Asaba, Prof, Chike Edozien who spoke through the Iyase of Asaba, Chief Patrick Onyeobi thanked Dr Uduaghan for his efforts while the Chairman of Oshmili South local government council, Pastor Chuks Obusom said, “these projects will make life better for the people of Oshimili South local government and the people of Delta State.”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Peter Onwusanya, has described the commissioning of 64 township roads within Asaba, Delta State capital, by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan as unprecedented in the history of the state.
The speaker made the observation in a statement shortly after Dr Uduaghan commissioned the roads spread across the nooks and crannies of the state capital.
According to him, the exercise had proved that the governor was bent on finishing strong despite negative opinions expressed by skeptics.
He pointed out that roads in new areas of Asaba were almost impassable before the Dr Uduaghan’s administration and expressed hope that in-coming administration will do more to uplift the status of Asaba as a state capital.
Hon Onwusanya linked the numerous projects in Asaba and environs to the programmes of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make life meaningful to the citizens and urged the residents of Asaba and environs to vote PDP for all positions in the forthcoming elections.
The speaker who represents Oshimili South Constituency, Asaba, in the House of Assembly, assured that the House of Assembly will continue to make laws for the betterment of the people while performing it’s over sight functions to ensure good governance in the state.