Thursday, April 24, 2014

FG awards N1.1bn road contracts in Delta, Senator says

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The Senator distributed materials to members of his constituency

The Federal Government has awarded road contracts valued at N1.1 billion in four communities of Delta North Senatorial District, the Senator representing the zone, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said.

Mr. Okowa, who said this on Saturday in Asaba, listed the benefitting communities as Ibrede, Boji Boji Owa, Alihiagu and Ute-Okpu.

The Senator, while speaking at an empowerment programme he organised for residents of his constituency, said work on the projects would soon commence.

“The Federal Executive Council has also approved the contract for the construction of roads and drainages in Umuda Layout in Asaba, to be awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),’’ he said.

The senator said government had also started releasing funds for the Ugiliama-Ogume Road and Utor Bridge on the Asaba-Ebu-Uromi road projects.

Mr. Okowa disclosed that re-mobilisation to the site of the Utor bridge was being delayed by the contractor’s demand for “a review of rates or contract pricing’’. He said he and members of the House of Representatives representing constituencies in the district had engaged in partnerships in order to attract projects to the area.

Speaking at the occasion, Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said it was necessary for the state government to have details of the federal projects to ensure there was no duplication of efforts.

“The resources are quite limited. So, we must know who is doing what, so as to enable us channel the resources properly, rather than spend them on duplicated projects,’’ he said.

Mr. Uduaghan commended the senator for the bills he had sponsored at the Senate, saying he had demonstrated that he was worth the election he won to the National Assembly’s upper chamber.

“It is not easy to sponsor bills. It requires knowledge and boldness to sponsor bills and our Senator has been demonstrating these two basic attributes of a good legislator,” he said.

The governor commended the senator’s empowerment programme and his ability to attract development programmes and projects to his district.

Part of Mr. Okenwa’s empowerment program was the distribution of several materials including tricycles to over 400 members of the communities.

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