Flood: Delta Govt Begins Move To Manage Effurun, Warri And Environs

Delta state government has stated that incessant flooding in Effurun, Warri and its environs would soon be a thing of the past.

The State Commissioner for Works and Chairman of the Effurun/ Warri-Environ Storm Water Control Measure Committee, Chief James Augoye stated this at the maiden meeting of the 11 man committee at the Government House Annex in Warri.

Chief Augoye said the committee was set up by the state government to look into curbing the incessant flood plaguing Effurun/Warri-Environ noting that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration was poised to ensure enabling environment for Deltans to carry out their day to day activities.

He added that the flood menace is a disgrace to the state given the fact that Delta has natural waterways that stormwater could drain in to.

The works commissioner said the committee has also set up a sub-technical committee that would carry out a field study of the flooded areas and report back to the general committee in two weeks time who would then process information and make an official report to the governor next month.

The meeting featured presentation of a google map to identify the flooded areas, blocked natural water channels and places where possible drains could be constructed to connect to the natural waterways.

The eleven-man Effurun/Warri-Environ Storm Water Control Measure committee further paid a visit to the Local government chairman of Warri South West and Uvwie Local government areas to intimate them of their plans and sue for their support especially in the area of security.

The Local government chairman of Warri south local government area, Honourable Michael Tidi and his counterpart in Uvwie, Honourable Ramson Tega both promised to support the committee to ensure that their mandate is carried out their mandate successfully noting that it is a project that would benefit the people living in Effurun, Warri and its environs.

Dankwambo, Okowa Preach Peaceful Nigeria; As Projects Are Commissioned in Delta

GOMBE State Governor, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo today commissioned some projects executed by his Delta State counterpart, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, using the exercise to urge northerners leaving in the state to obey the culture and norms of the people.

Dankwambo who commissioned Abavo Circular Road, Abavo phase 1 with a spur to Ogbekile Street in Ika South local government area and Owerre-Olubor/Ekwuoma Road in Ika North-East local government area of Delta State, stated that Nigerians should live in peace and unity.

According to him, “the Arewa Community should live in peace with the host communities, you (Arewa Community) must not do anything that is against the norms and culture of the communities, they should preach peace and accommodating spirit to their children and the host communities must be their brothers’ keepers, we must live as a peaceful, united people in this country.”

The Gombe State governor who was accompanied to Delta State by some members of his state esxecutive council, also inspected facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

He expressed surprise that within three years of Governor Okowa administration, a lot has been achieved in the state, emphasising, “for a new government faced with the challenges of funds to be commissioning series of projects, my brother, Governor Okowa, I commend you.”

“Road projects open up communities for development, you mean well for the people,” he said, observing at the stadium that, “the facilities we have inspected are of international standards, no wonder Delta State is always emerging as number one in sporting competitions.”

Governor Okowa disclosed the reason he invited Governor Dankwambo to commission projects executed by his administration, saying, “we need to build bridges of friendship across the country to strenghten our unity as a people.”

“We are proud as a state government that we are taking road projects to different communities, especially, to our people in the riverine communities, we will continue to work for our people,” he said, adding, “we thank our traditional rulers for ensuring peaceful kingdoms which have helped us to execute projects.”

Excited Deltans, traditional rulers were among those that witnessed the exercise.

Gov. Okowa Commissions More Roads; Charges Deltans To Partner Government On Waste Management

As part of efforts to beautify and carry out urban renewal in Asaba, the state capital, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned new roads in Asaba and urged Deltans to partner with government in the proper disposal of waste.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of Kanayo and Oboduku Streets, Akwuebulu Senator Okowa said that his administration is determined to provide infrastructural projects to the people of the state and urged Deltans to partner with the government on waste management to ensure a clean Delta.

“Deltans should desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse along the median of major roads and engage the Private Sector Partners (PSP) to evacuate their refuse. I call on the Waste Management Board and Oshimili local government to work out how best to properly manage waste in the town and enlighten the people on how to properly dispose of their waste to maintain a healthy environment,” he said.

While appealing to Deltans to engage the services of PSP and keep Asaba clean, Senator Okowa charged the waste management board and local government council to partner and enlighten Deltans on proper waste disposal, stating that if we need to keep our towns and cities clean we must ensure effective waste management.

The governor called on Deltans to continue to maintain peace in the state assuring them of more developmental projects even as he stressed that no part of the state would be left behind.

“We know what our people expect from the government and my administration is accessible to Deltans that is why we are executing people-oriented projects that are positively affecting the lives of the people, we are focused and will continue to pursue our vision of providing the dividends of democracy to the people.”

Earlier in their separate addresses, Mr. Sunday Obi, representative of Chairman Oshimili South Local Government and Mr. Godwin Okoye, representative of impact community, commended governor Okowa for the infrastructural projects in Asaba and assured him of their support and co-operation.

2018 CAA COMPETITION: Stephen Keshi Stadium To Be Ready In July – Gov. Okowa

As Delta State prepares to host the 2018 Confederation of Africa Athletics [CAA] Senior African Athletic Competition in Asaba in August, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship would be ready in July.

The governor who spoke during an inspection of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba expressed satisfaction with the pace and level of work at the stadium stating ” there is an appreciable increase in the pace of work at the site, a lot of coordinated work is going on as you can see. I will visit again next week, and I hope we will be talking about the finishing touches by then, I believe the stadium will be ready by the first week of July”

Senator Okowa speaking on the forthcoming 2018 Federation International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia, which kicks off on Thursday, June 14th, 2018, charged Nigerians to pray for the success of the National Team, the Super Eagles as they participate.

Senator Okowa explained that the utilization of the stadium will announce itself to the outside world and attract a lot of international sporting activities adding that the state was grooming young athletes in local sporting activities and they will utilize the equipment in the stadium.



Okowa Expresses Confidence In Quality Of Projects Being Executed As He Inspects More Drainage Projects In Asaba

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said the Anwai River and Amilimocha Stream in Asaba will be fully dredged to check the effects of stormwater that will empty into them from the on-going massive drainages being constructed in the state capital.

The Governor made the disclosure while inspecting the on-going drainage projects in the state capital. He also, inspected the construction work going on at the Stephen Keshi’s Stadium, Asaba.

According to Governor Okowa who fielded questions from newsmen after the exercise, “I am glad that the projects have gone this far; the contractors are reputable companies that require little or no supervision, we are happy with the pace and quality of work being done.”

“We are conscious of the volume of water that will pass through the storm drainages and we have asked the Ministry of Environment to dredge the Anwai River and the Amilimocha Stream,” the Governor disclosed, adding, “our interest is to ensure that flood water is effectively channeled in the capital city and other parts of the state where there is need to control flood water.”

He observed that during his recent town hall meeting in Warri, the issue of constructing drainage in that area was raised and stated that work was ongoing in the area and the contractor handling the drainage by Effurun roundabout promised to complete the project by July.

“Two days ago, we inspected the drainage at the Warri/Sapele road; that drainage is essentially to drain that particular road which is being done into three lanes on both sides, that is, from Enerhen to Effurun junction, but, at the town hall meeting, the people of Warri South asked for a proper drainage that will be done in the whole of Warri, unfortunately, in the past, we have been doing a kind of make-shift drainage without having any study and I promised them that we will first of all, carry out a proper study of the area by setting up a team with a consulting firm along with some selected elders from that area who understands the topography so that a proper design could be created.”

Governor Okowa urged the contractors handling drainage projects to increase their pace so as to ensure that most of the excavation are covered to avoid accidents during the rainy season.

He assured that when completed the storm drains would effectively check incidences of flooding in the capital city.

Governor Okowa who also inspected the Stephen Keshi Stadium asserted that with the completion of work at the 23, 000 sitting capacity stadium, sporting activities of international magnitude will take place in the state.

DTSG Approves Four Roads In Capital Territory

The Delta State Government has approved the construction, rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of four raods in the capital territory.

This was part of the decisions taken during the State Executive Council meeting held inside the Government House, Asaba, on Tuesday.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, who spoke after the meeting listed the approvals to include the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Ibusa Road (from Nnebisi Road to Benin/Asaba Expressway), Asaba, and the construction of Ambassador Leo Okogwu Road (from Onwuegbuzie Street junction to Osuzoka Street in Zappa), Asaba.

Others are the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Jesus Saves Road (from Summit Road junction to Onwuegbuzie Street junction) and Onwuegbuzie Street (from Jesus Saves Road junction to Nnebisi Road by Konwea Plaza), Asaba, and the construction of NCC Institute/State’s Owner-Occupier Housing Estate/CBN Housing Estate Road, off Asaba-Ugbolu-Illah Road, Ugbolu, Oshimili North Local Government Area.

Mr. Ukah further disclosed that the construction of Creme Suites Road, Owa-Ekei, (from old Lagos-Asaba Road to Kingsway Street junction) in Ika North East, the rehabilitation and construction of various roads in Ekakpamre, Ughelli South and the construction of Queens Street, Boji Boji, Agbor, Ika South, were equally approved.

Closure Of Jesus Saves Road

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly motorists in Asaba that Jesus Saves Road between Standard Life Road Junction and Konwea Plaza Road Junction will be closed for two weeks to vehicular movement.

The closure of the road is to enable the contractor handling the Storm Water Control Measure to link the drains along Agric side, the Lion House side and the FMC side of the road.

Consequently, motorists are advised to take alternative routes like DLA, Vitalis Okakwu road, Dan Ngozi road, Amb Leo Okogwu road to get to their destinations.

Accordingly, the Delta State Government regrets all inconveniences the closure of the road may cause to road users and residents of Asaba.

The general public particularly motorists and commuters are to take note and be guided accordingly.

Chief James Augoye
Hon Commissioner for Works

Asagba Lauds Okowa For Asaba Int’l Airport Project

THE Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for the massive construction work going on at the Asaba International Airport.

The Asagba through his Council of Chiefs who went on inspection visit of the airport marveled at the level of work done at the airport.

Obi Engr. Godfrey Konwea who led the delegation said, “His Majesty, the Asagba who is currently on medical vacation asked us to inspect the airport, we have seen and this is wonderful.”

“This is a great job that we are seeing here, we say a great thank you to His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for what is happening here,” the Asagba said, adding, “that Asaba people are peaceful and patient does not mean that we are weak, we have witnessed three democratically elected Governors in our state, this administration has not received half of the money others received but, he has done very well.”

The Asagba continued, “from what we seen, we the entire Asaba people and those residing in Asaba are grateful to Governor Okowa, we ask him to prepare for possibly, third term in office.”

Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, thanked the Asagba-in-Council for taking time to inspect the projects being executed, noting that the Governor has created new towns and cities with the provision of infrastructure.

Special Project Director for the airport project, Hon. Austin Ayemidejor and the functional Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr. Fred Edafiogor took members of the Asagba-in-Council through the 3.4 kilometres runway, fire service station, VIP Lounge, Terminal Building, among others.

Okowa Charges Contractors Handling Storm Drainage Projects To Speed Up Pace

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday (08/03/18) inspected multiple storm drainage projects and  charged contractors to speed up the pace of work.

According to the Governor, “the contractors must fully mobilize to site, they must get to appreciable level before the rain commences in full.”

The Governor frowned at the pace of work at the drainage site by St. Mary Vianney Catholic Church designed to empty flood water from Marian Babangida Way, DBS road, and adjoining areas.

“The pace of work here is very slow, if the rains come earlier than expected, the drainage will collapse, in some areas, the soil is softer than others, the contractors must mobilize fully to site and increase the pace of work,” the Governor said.

Governor Okowa disclosed that when completed, issues of flood in the state capital will be a thing of the past, observing that the contractor handling the storm drain that will take water out of DLA and Jesus Saves Road was doing a good job.

He urged motorists and commuters who are using alternative road to the Nnebisi road which was cut off as a result of the construction work to be patient as the contractor had shown commitment to open up the road within two weeks as envisaged.

Governor Okowa accompanied by some members of the Delta State Executive Council, members of House of Assembly also, inspected the drainage that will empty water from Okpanam and the level of work done on Okpanam/Asaba road project.

Okowa Commissions Multiple Roads Project, Skill Acquisition Centre

In line with the Delta State Government’s commitment to providing necessary infrastructure in the state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa commissioned the Isiokolo/Orhoakpor/Ekrerhavwe, and Abraka township roads in Ethiope East local government area.

He also commissioned the phase II of Amai/Ezhionum/Abbi road and Umutu Skill Acquisition Centre in Ukwuani local government area of the state and also, inspected the level of construction work done at the Okurekpo/Okunor-Okpara/Onumane /Samagidi road, and multi-billion naira Senate building at the Delta State University, Abraka, Ethiope East local government area of the state.

Governor Okowa, accompanied by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro and other top political aides, stated that the commissioning cum inspection of projects was the third phase of such which culminate in town hall meetings with the people of the local government areas.

According to him, “our projects are designed to make our towns and cities accessible, give them facelift and make our people happy.”

“With all these commissioning and inspection of projects, we believe that we are impacting on our people, but the flagship of our programmes are the wealth creation programmes which have created a lot of jobs and wealth for our people,” the Governor said, disclosing that the town hall meetings were necessary as they provide avenues for heart-to-heart talk with the people.

He stated, “as political office holders, it is important that we interact with our people, get their views about our performance, tell them what we are doing because, with these interactions, we will get a better state and a better nation.”
The Governor commended the traditional rulers for making their Kingdoms peaceful which has facilitated execution of projects in the state.

“I thank you (Deltans) for your support which has ensured good governance in our state, as long as we continue to make the state peaceful, we will continue to witness development in the state,” the Governor emphasized.

The Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, HRM Ogurimerime Ukori 1 in his speech when Governor Okowa visited his palace at Isiokolo, Ethiope East local government area, said, “I do not need to make demand on you (Governor Okowa) because, your administration has done so much for our people, but, prevail on the Police to rescind their decision to move the Police Station from Isiokolo.”
The Ezhie of Ezionum, Ukwuani local government area of Delta State, HRM Dr. Roland Osanwuta, thanked Governor Okowa for the provision of infrastructure, especially in the area of road construction in the state.

Chairmen of Ethiope East and Ukwuani local government areas, Chief Faith Majemite and Chief Chukwudi Dafe respectively, commended Governor Okowa’s administration for its commitment to providing infrastructure in the state, assuring that the people will always support his administration.

Tomorrow (07/03/18), the Governor will hold town hall meetings with the people of Ethiope East and Ukwuani local government areas from 10 am.