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Progress in Multi-billion Naira Projects Excite Okowa

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa cannot wait to see three very ambitious projects of his administration completed. When he visited the project sites on inspection Thursday, the medical doctor-governor could not hide his excitement about how the multi-billion naira projects were taking shape.

The projects are the Central Secretariat, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat, and the Specialist Hospital. At the Central Secretariat, the governor expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work, saying “I am very impressed with what I saw. The Secretariat project seems to be getting massive as it is nearing completion. We are happy with the pace of work. We have talked so much about the Central Secretariat project, and I can tell you that where we are now.

On his observation of progress of work at the secretariat for traditional rulers’ council, the governor said “it is amazing with the way work is going on. You will recall that sometime last year when we were commissioning series of road projects, was when I noticed its deplorable state and we pulled down the old structure and awarded the contract for a befitting secretariat for our traditional rulers. Our traditional rulers have done a lot for us to have a peaceful state, which has enabled us to execute our programmes to the satisfaction of our people, and they deserve a befitting accommodation as their secretariat.”

Okowa who disclosed that the secretariat would be ready in the next six months, it would house the Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, adding that “we hope that it will provide a good environment for our traditional rulers to meet”.

On maintenance of the structures, the governor said “when a building is well-constructed, I can tell you that its maintenance will not pose a challenge. We have capable hands in the respective Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) but, the most important thing is that I believe that our people have adopted the mindset of taking care of facilities and cleanliness, which is very important.”

Addressing contractors handling state government projects, the governor urged them to adhere to timelines and specifications in executing the jobs. He said that complying with deadlines for projects execution was critical for effective planning, adding that contractors must also ensure that the jobs were executed to specifications. The consultant for the construction of central secretariat and the traditional rulers’ council secretariat, Kester Ifeadi, conducted the governor round the projects, while the Commissioner for Health, Mordi Ononye, a medical doctor, took him round the Specialist Hospital facilities.

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