LAGOSâ€”ROAD projects worth N150 billion have been awarded for construction to boost infrastructural development in Delta State in the past 10 years (1999 and 2009).
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan dropped this hint at the 1st Strategic Engagement Session ofÂ Atamu Social Club, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, in Lagos Sunday night.
He also disclosed that a total of N52 billion would be required to provide classroom benches and desks for primary and secondary schools in the state.
The governor saidÂ the dearth of infrastructure was a national problem, as illustrated by the death of about 20 passengers on the ever busy Lagos-Benin expressway.
Dr. Uduaghan noted that, unlike what many think as shown by comments at the interactive session, a lot was being achieved to upgrade the standard of social amenities on ground to boost the stateâ€™s economy and enhance the living conditions of the people.
He pointed out that it was not enough to criticize government without capable hands joining in the political game to address the teething problems of the people of the state.
He described the interactive session as a right step, as it afforded the Urhobo in Lagos the chance to contribute to the governance of their state.
Dr Uduaghan, therefore, urged them to be abreast with political trends back home by ensuring that they knew their constituencies and wards, elected representatives as well as bring their wealth of experience to bear on the development of the state.
He urged them to be prepared to accept the task of mentoring schools in their various communities to enable government have first hand information on some of the problems in the educational sector and help shape the youths by being their role models.
The governor also disclosed that his administration was de-emphasising the acquisition of wealth as the main objective of participation in government, insisting that political office holders mustÂ serve to impact positively on the citizenry.
Governor Uduaghan tasked the social club to hold more of their activities back home to enable members return to their communities and become more familiar with events in their state.
In a lecture on â€œThe Face of Good Leadershipâ€, a social commentator, Barrister Mike Iginni, lamented that Nigeria, though 95 years old as a geographical entity and 49 years as an independent nation, still lacked good leadership.
He noted that education remained the key to development and good leadership, but wondered why more than half of primary school teachers in Nigeria were rated as unqualified.
President of Atamu Social Club, Abraham Ogbodo, in his welcome address, linked the rapid development of the so called Asian Tigers to educational advancement and called for actual utilization of political power for the development of the people.