By Festus Ahon – Asaba
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday said the State Government would spend N18 billion to construct six storm drainage projects as a step towards resolving the flooding problem in Warri and Uvwie areas of the state.
Fielding questions from newsmen after inspecting some ongoing projects being executed by his administration in Warri South, Uvwie and Udu Local Government Areas, Okowa disclosed that two out of the six drainage projects have been awarded to CCECC Limited and Levante Construction Limits at the sum of N9.5 billion.
Saying that special attention was being given to drainage challenges in the area because of the perennial flooding posed by the terrain, he
assured that his administration would continue to prioritise resources in order to provide the necessary infrastructure for the people.
While expressing appreciation to people of the area for coming out in large number to welcome him and his entourage, the Governor said the large turnout was an affirmation of the satisfaction derived from the projects being executed by his administration.
Okowa said: “We are in the Warri area inspecting roads; it is an effort to ensure that we put contractors on their toes.
“There are lots of more roads that are ongoing and if we find time before the Christmas, we will go out for more inspection, otherwise from January we will go out more to inspect more roads to ensure that our roads are properly done and that contractors are actually meeting up with specifications that we have requested them to meet.
“We are managing our resources and that is why we are giving special attention to drainage projects in Warri and Uvwie area because they have a huge flooding problem.
“Whatever was done in the past was not just good enough considering the terrain in the area.
“We have been able to carry out proper studies and we will embark on six storm drainage projects estimated at about N18 billion.
“We have awarded two out of the six projects, to CCECC and Levant Construction Limited who won the bid, according to the State Tender Board.
“These two projects will be costing us about N9.5 billion and that essentially will drain a major part of Warri and Uvwie when completed”.
“When they commence work, we all will be here to witness the kind of drains we are talking about which is like the kind of drains we are constructing in Asaba.
“It may not follow in the same manner as that of Asaba because we are going to use ‘Mat Concrete’ because of the terrain.
“We will tackle the drainage problem to ensure that at the end of this tenure we will be able to beat our chest that we have done something good for Warri people.
“Once we have solved the drainage challenges, it becomes much easier to construct more roads”, adding that beyond the drainage projects, “we have other road projects we are embarking on in Warri and environs.
“The Ifiebor Street road in Warri is one out of the 10 roads we have awarded in that area. We also have a secondary school building we are constructing for the Okere-Urhobo people.”
The Governor, who was conducted round the projects by the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, inspected the construction of concrete paved Dimony Street at Okumagba Layout in Warri; ongoing construction of Ifiebor Street with side drains as well as the construction of classroom blocks at Okere-Urhobo Secondary School, Warri.
Other projects inspected were; completed construction of Ogiyede Road, Off Ogunu Road, Warri, construction of concrete-paved NPA- Refinery Link Road, Ekpan, which the governor said would help to decongest traffic from ever-busy Refinery-Shaguolo-Ubeji Road.
He also inspected ongoing dualisation of Ubeji Road, reconstruction of DSC-Ovwian-Udu Road; reconstruction of Orhuwhorun Road and construction of Ekrovie road, Orhuwhorun, Udu Local Government Area.