DELTA State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has disclosed that within the space of one year and six months 22 roads and 47 contracts were awarded, adding that out of the 47 contracts, 22 have been commissioned by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Ukah, who disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists in Akwukwu- Igbo, headquarters of Oshimili North local government, noted that the government has performed exceptionally well considering the economic recession and the short period time.
On job creation, the commissioner said “ 1,000 jobs was created from the job creation agency. Am not talking about the associated jobs, but the ones that went through YAGEP and STEP. The next set we are training now, we are targeting about 1, 000 jobs in the second year. Look at transport, we have started the mechanic workshop; we have also started our DESTMA programme to restore sanity on our roads and many other achievements too numerous to enumerate.”
He said the governor’s ability to achieve such feat within a short period of time was a clear indication that he (Okowa) has interest of Deltans at heart and would do more in this regard, if the funds are there, saying,” When a person is doing well, he should be commended.”
“ We are not saying that people should start blowing his trumpet or be praising him, but there is need to acknowledge the fact that he is working despite the trying times to fulfill his promises to Deltans. Those who are not happy with the achievements of governor Okowa, are angry because he is not as extravagant compared to what we have seen in the past.”
The commissioner stated that the government under the leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa remaines committed to delivering the dividends of democracy to Deltans, and urged Deltans to be patient and embrace the SMART Agenda as it has what it takes to turn the fortunes of Deltans around for good.
Ukah also told newsmen that the government welcomes constructive criticisms from Deltans so that it could make necessary adjustments in its policies to meet the needs of the people. He said that the governor was not out to service his own interests but the interests of Deltans, which is why it was ready to accept constructive criticism.