From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Delta State Government has said that the sum of N835 million naira was disbursed among 593 co-operative societies in five local government councils of the state, adding that the sum of N70.5billion was expended on award of contracts for various projects in the last two years.
Stating further that 764.39 kilometers roads and drainages were constructed with the periods under reviewed, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Kingsley Emu who confirmed this to journalists yesterday in Asaba at a media conference, explained that the National Competitiveness of Nigeria adjudged Delta State as one of the leading states in Human Capital Development, Infrastructural Development among others.
Dr. Emu disclosed that the state government in the last two years, established six Technical Education and revived 1, 950 vocational centres across the state adding that 2, 250 persons recently graduated from YEGA Training Scheme; a scheme established by the state government under job creation.
He said that the sum of N9billion had been earmarked for the Effurun Water Project, disclosing that the State Government had over the years upgraded the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) as measures to Agricultural Sector in the State.
According to the Commissioner, “The State Government focuses on Agricultural Development as measures to boost food production in the state, we want Agricultural sector boosted for over all food production” on infrastructural development, the Commissioner explained that the State Government had done so much in the provision of basic infrastructure, stating that the state has 1, 121 primary schools, 463 secondary schools with 445 hospitals, 63 general hospital.
Noting that the state government had also improved on power supply, the commissioner disclosed that the state had moved from 11KVA to 13KVA and regretted the low economic only in the past following the attacks on oil facilities in the Niger-Delta region.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, had said that 60% of the economic comes from the Niger-Delta region, so when the militants were attacking oil facilities in the area, Delta State was seriously affected” Dr. Emu added.
On security, the Commissioner however scored that the state to have been doing well as it has in the recent times witnessed tremendous peace in the area of kidnappings, robbery among others, adding that the Okowa led administration had sufficiently shown transparency in all its dealings.
“This government is very transparent, we as Commissioners contribute very to issues affecting the state” Dr. Emu said.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Government has said that it will leverage on the fast approaching dry season to ensure the speedy completion of some of the ongoing road construction and rehabilitation projects embarked upon by the current administration.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr. James Auguoye gave the assurance during an on-the-spot assessment of some of the state and federal road projects embarked upon by the state government.
The Commissioner who was accompanied on the inspection counterpart, Mr. Patrick Ukah said that the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is keen at ensuring that the road projects were completed in record time as according to him, it will help to beef up the socio-economic lives of Deltans, particularly the rural dwellers.
The 1.2km Owa-Alidinma road project, Ute-Okpu/Owa Alero road project, the 24km Nskwa/Ijeme Aliogor road project, the 5.4km Owa Alero road dualisation and the 9.42km Old Lagos/Asaba road dualisation project in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the State.
Specifically, the commissioner assured that the 9.42km Old Lagos/Asaba road, Agbor, which is currently being expanded from its initial 7.3m to a dual carriage way, would be delivered by January 2018.