By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr. Kenneth Okpara, said, yesterday, that the state government had put in place measures to minimize wastage and leakages in the 2013 state budget to achieve its objectives.
He warned that severe sanctions await any public officer “whose conduct results in the state being short-changed in its investment in projects.”
A largest chunk of over N62 billion was allocated to roads and transport for the 2013 fiscal year.
Highlight of the proposed spending on roads and transportation include township roads in Asaba, Warri, Agbor and Sapele; reconstruction of township roads in the 25 local government areas of the state; construction of Ughelli-Asaba dual carriageway and expansion of Osubi Airport runway among others.
Okpara said: “We are proud that our infrastructure programme has seen us construct 252 inter/intra-city roads. With the dualization of major roads, including the 148km Asaba/Ughelli Road; 33km Ugbenu-Koko, Effurn-Osubi-Eku Road; 7.2km Ughelli artery, PTI/Jakpa, old Lagos/Asaba Road, among others, we are gradually eliminating bottlenecks in movement of goods and creating major road networks to link all corners of the state.
“In keeping with this administration’s goal of not abandoning any project, emphasis of the 2013 budget is on completion of ongoing projects.”