By Festus Ahon & Emma Arubi
EFFURUNâ€”Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday disclosed that the state government has concluded plans to build an additional runway at Osubi Airport that could accommodate cargo planes.
He also said the state government was building 100 mega watts Modula power plant at Ughoton, Okpe local government area of the state.
Uduaghan, who spoke at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the state government at the conference hall of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun, Delta State, said the Warri port was very functional, while that of Koko was functioning at a very low level.
He said the Burutu port was not functioning at all, adding that arrangements were being concluded with the federal government to dredge the port to make it active.
He said in a bid to get Onitsha traders to patronize the Warri port, the Ughelli/Asaba and Koko roads were being dualized to facilitate the transportation of goods from the ports.
According to him, Asaba and Osubi airports and the various seaports were part of the state governmentâ€™s effort to boost economic activities in the state.
On power, Uduaghan said the country has the capacity to generate 4,000 mega watts, adding that effort was on to boost power supply in the state.
He said the federal government was already talking with the G.E Company to work on the faulty turbines in Sapele and also at Ughelli power station.
On human capital development, Uduaghan said government was dealing with peasant farmers to increase their yields and train youths in agriculture and warned owners of illegal structures across the state to remove them on their own before government did that.
Speaking further, the governor said Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, would soon be ready for public use and noted that the teaching hospital was being equipped with modern health facilities.
He also disclosed that the state government was taking over the Eku Baptist Hospital, adding that the state government was funding cooperatives through the state Micro Credit Programme and hailed the beneficiaries for servicing loans approved for them under the scheme.
The governor assured mechanics in the state that a mechanic village would be built for them as part of governmentâ€™s effort at keeping the state clean.
On the state Oil Producing Area Development Commission, he said the commission was in the process of being reformed to serve the people better and raised alarm over the Hospital and hotel bills of over N1 billion incurred by the commission.
Uduaghan said 700 ghost workers were discovered on the pay roll of the commission in the verification exercise carried out recently, and lamenting the high salary staff of the commission earn.