By EMMA AMAIZE
WARRI— DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said that the initial delay in the area of development was because he took time to strategize and provide a lasting development plan for the state.
He also noted that there was lack of funds, but assured that having fashioned out the strategies to tackle the problem of infrastructure and economic development, he was determined to finish strong in 2015.
Uduaghan, who spoke on a phone-in programme of Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS, Warri, said most of the projects inherited from the previous administration had been completed and commended Deltans for their patience with his administration.
He expressed indignation that some unscrupulous persons were not only defecating in the newly renovated public schools in the state, but also vandalizing them.
Describing the development as worrisome, he urged the perpetrators to stop the practice, as destroying government property was wrong and punishable.
He said, “l am calling on community leaders to assist government on security in their areas. Some of the public schools we just built and renovated had been vandalised and this is very bad. Those vandalising these schools and passing excreta in the classrooms are people in your communities. An outsider cannot do that.”
On the pending election into local government areas, he promised a free and fair poll, saying that the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission was working out the modalities.
“There have been several challenges facing the constitution of the Commission . Some people went to court when the names of members of the Commission were sent to the House of Assembly. Thank God, we have settled these issues and the Commission is in place. I want to assure you that the local government elections will soon take place as the Commission is working out modalities for its successful conduct.”
On revenue collection, Uduaghan directed local government chairmen to rid major roads and streets in the state of illegal revenue touts within one week.
….As wife commissions buses, speed boats in Bomadi
By DANIEL GUMM
WARRI — AS part of efforts by the Federal and State Governments to cushion the effect of the deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry, the wife of the Delta State governor, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan has commissioned six buses and two speed-boats procured by the Collins Olorogun-led administration of Bomadi Local Government Area of the state for land and water transportation.
Mrs Uduaghan, who was at the council for the prophetic Solemn Assembly, also commissioned the vehicles and speed-boats procured from the council’s share of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme, SURE-P, to ease the transportation of persons and goods and charged the people to use them meaningfully to the glory of God.
Addressing newsmen, Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Mr. Collins Olorogun explained that, Bomadi being a council with high business prospects and rich in agricultural activities, transportation of human and agricultural produce to the hinterland was a major obstacle to the people.
He said, “the busses and boats are to boost transportation and for the people to have real value for their businesses and farming activities, which was why my administration procured six 18-seater Toyota Hiace buses and two 75 Horse power speed-boats from the SURE-P funds released to Bomadi council by Governor Uduaghan”.
“We identified transportation as priority need of the people, which was why we established a transport scheme, which will be subsidised to cushion the hardship faced by the people in land and water transportation on account of the subsidy removal.”
Olorogun explained that the buses would be managed by the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Bomadi while the two speed-boats would be managed by the National Union of Maritime Workers, Bomadi.
The council boss, who expressed happiness for the success of the Prophetic Solemn Assembly in Bomadi thanked the wife of the state governor, Deaconess Uduaghan for organizing the prayer
session to reconcile the council to God, just as he congratulated the state governor for his clear election tribunal victory at the apex court recently.