KWALE: The People of Ndokwa nation had been assured of the early completion of the Kwale-Beneku Bridge across the Ase River, with target day of June 2021.
This assurance was given by the Delta State Commissioner of Works, Chief James Agwoye when political office holders from Ndokwa ethnic nationality in the state on Monday 7/9/2020, embarked on Inspection of ongoing projects by the state government.
The Commissioner stated that work has reached an advanced stage on the bridgewhic the length is 360 meters with an approach Road of 1,500 metres, as he said its one of the longest bridges to be constructed by the Okowa led government.
“This is one of the longest bridges constructed by this administration. It involves two bridges, a smaller one of about 40 meters span and another that is about 320 meters.
The Works Commissioner stated that there are provisions for walkways in the project, which he said was awarded in 2018.
The appointees led by the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Ochor Christopher Ochor, the government officials commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa the bridge project and other ongoing development projects across the three local government areas.
The team, made up of both elected and appointed officials, including the Member Representing Ndokwa West Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Kwale-Beneku Bridge Commissioner for Housing, Chief Festus Ochonogor, Finance, Felix Tilije, Trade and Investment, Chika Ossai, the Chairman, Delta State Internal Revenue Service, Chief Monday Onyeme, Chairman, Ndokwa West Local Government Council, Hon. Christopher Osakwe and the Commissioners Representing Ndokwa ethnic nationality in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, Dr. Samuel Ossai, Mr. Ikechukwu Akozor, among others, were received on arrival at the multi million naira Kwale-Beneku road and bridge project by the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Auguoye.
The top government functionaries stated that it was gratifying that the projects were not white elephant in nature, as they took inspection of the Eke Modern Market project, the Umusam road and the proposed phase 2 of the Iselegu-Onuabor Road project, geared towards the construction of Bridge across the Ase River to link Iselegu and Onuabor communities.
The leader of the team, Rt Hon Ochor Ochor who represents Ukwuani Constituency in the House, expressed satisfaction of progress of work on the bridge project and commended the government commitment to finish the job.
He on behalf of the people of Ndokwa nation thanked Governor Okowa for the project which he said will open up communities in Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West local government areas.
At the Eke Modern Market, the Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Hon. Chika Ossai, highlighted the social and economic values of the market, which he said is ready for commissioning.
Hon Ossai disclosed that the project was started by the Ndokwa West Local Government Council but abandoned before it was taken over by Governor Okowa’s administration.
He promised that the state government will provide other facilities including water, electricity and waste disposal bins in the market, disclosing that networks of internal roads were also being executed in the market.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, who spoke alongside with the Deputy Speaker during interview with newsmen at the end of the Inspection, stated that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa did not only ensure that Ndokwa sons and daughters hold key positions in government, he has also executed landmark projects in the area.
The Finance Commissioner debunked fears of abandonment of any of the projects as a result of fundings, saying that the state government was up to date with the financial obligations to the contractors handling the various projects.
Chief Tilije stated that Ndokwa nation never had it so good and urged the people to sustain their support for the Okowa’s administration.
The Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Ochor Ochor said the project inspection in Ndokwa communities continues, stressing that the exercise was being carried out under the auspices of “Ndokwa Sons And Daughters Holding Elective And Appointive Positions In Government”.