The Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr.Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has during the quarterly interaction with journalist in the State on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Governor’s Office in Asaba, reassured Deltans of his commitment to continue to represent their good and best interest, highlighting his utmost achievements as job creation and road construction.
According to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, “leadership even in the family circle is not an easy task. The state is bigger than one person. My administration is committed to bringing prosperity to all Deltans. Hence, the interest of the people is dear to me. I don’t care if I step on any toe in order to do the right thing and move the State forward. I have no friend when it comes to government job. So, I must do the right thing for the interest and benefit of Deltans. Failed contractors working for the state will give way. My administration has done a lot in terms of road construction. More than 151 roads have been awarded and about 60 completed. Some we have commissioned and others ongoing. A lot of road projects are being executed in different parts of the state, especially, in the riverine communities like Burutu, Bomadi, Oporoza, Obotobo, Sokebolo, Yokri, among others.
To tackle flooding in Asaba, DLA, Jesus Saves, DBS, Uwechue and Okpanam roads have been awarded. Skill acquisition has a multiplier effect on the economy which is why we have embarked on it. If we are able to continue this process for several years, we believe that many of our youths will be in the position to become Micro Entrepreneurs, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs. To God be the glory, it will definitely boost the economy of the average family in Delta State. Through the skill training of our youths, not only in Agriculture but also in other skills we have enabled them to be able to fend for themselves. We have stayed on this course for two years now and still running, through our empowerment programmes such as YAGEP and STEP. In the first year, about 1,300 people were trained and in the second year about 3,000 were engaged and all these people have been fully trained.
A lot of them have received their starter packs, and have begun to train other people as well. Through this, our youths are meaningfully engaged. In Education, construction/renovation works are going on in schools in the state to provide enabling environment for learning. We have approved the completion of the Asaba stadium in other to enable the state, host international athletic competitions next year. In the health sector, we are putting our best to ensure that Deltans receive quality health care. The contractor handling the Asaba International Airport has failed and soon, it will be re-awarded to another firm that will complete it speedily. My administration is committed to making the airport fully functional and of international standard, knowing that it will boost the socioeconomic life of Deltans. We will not accept snail pace of work and not even when we did 50% mobilization”.