Kelvin Ohoror, Warri
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed the readiness of his administration to take over the construction of Section A of the abandoned Emevor-Orogun road, Emevor, Isoko North local government area of the state.
Speaking at the Emevor Ward 7 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Rally for the April 10, Isoko North Constituency House of Assembly by-election, Okowa said he was embarrassed by the state of the road leading to the town.
He stated that he had already given approval to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to construct the Emevor bypass road and also assured that his administration would construct a section of the abandoned Emevor-Orogun road.
Okowa said he was pained that the community had suffered untold hardship due to the poor state of the roads but assured that his administration would commence construction of the road before the end of the year.
He thanked the people of Emevor community for their unflinching support to the PDP and urged them to vote massively for the party’s candidate, Jude Ogbimi come April 10.
“I have listened to the leaders of the community and I also saw it for myself on our way coming that the road leading to the community is totally bad.
“I have been told that NDDC has awarded the road for construction, but have also been abandoned and we cannot continue to allow our people to suffer.
“I’ve also been told that the road is a long road leading to Orogun. What I want to assure you is that we may not be able to take the full construction to Orogun now, but we will make sure the stretch covering the Emevor town is done as soon as possible. The NDDC can continue from where we will stop.
“Let me also let you know that only a few days ago, I gave approval for the construction of the bypass road through DESOPADEC,” Okowa stated.
Earlier in his address, Leader of the Ward and Commissioner Representing Isoko Ethnic Nationality in the Board of DESOPADEC, Dr Paul Oweh, said the Emevor people lacked several amenities despite their support for the ruling party since 1999.
He appealed to the Governor to use his good office to approve the construction of the Emevor Bypass Road, the Emevor-Orogun Road and the fencing of Emevor Mixed Secondary School.
Also speaking, Executive Assistant to the Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr Nelson Ejakpovi thanked the Governor for the visit, adding that the PDP had never lost in the community in all elections since 1998.
He stressed that the Emevor people had always demonstrated their support for the PDP by voting massively for the party, adding that April 10 won’t be any different.
The campaign train also visited Oghara-Iyede Ward 2 and Otor-Iyede Ward 1 where the Governor approved the immediate construction of a secondary school at Otor-Iyede.
The rally was attended by the State Chairman of the PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso; Senator James Manager; Hon. Leo Ogor; Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and Chief of Staff to the Governor Olorogun David Edevbie.
Others were; Senior Politcal Adviser to the Governor, Chief Funkekeme Solomon; Elder Emmanuel Ogidi; Chief Ovuozourie Macaulay; Director General of the campaign council and Commissioner for Transport Hon. Ovie Oghoore; Chairman Isoko North Local Government Council Hon. Christian Iteire; Chairman Isoko North PDP, Prince Godwin Ogorugba and other top government functionaries.