By Stella Odika
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in a bid to ascertaining the progress of work done on the ongoing Storm Water Drainage project being handled by Levant Construction Ltd, and China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), under the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA), has inspected the various sites of the project.
Governor Okowa, who earlier affirmed that the Storm Water Drainage Project is one of the critical projects his administration has embarked on, kicked off the project inspection from the phase I sites of the project – Okere road, Eboh road and Airport road, being handled by Levant Construction Ltd.
Continuing on the exercise, Governor Okowa inspected the phase II sites of the project being handled by CCECC – Commissioner road and Uti road.
The governor, apparently not satisfied with the slow pace of work on Uti road, terminated the contract and ordered that the contract be reawarded to another contractor.
Speaking on the ongoing construction work, the Project Manager at Levant Construction Ltd, Engr. Rahab Harb, stated that the section of project being handled by their company was close to 100% completion, saying, “The project is already serving its purpose in the areas that have been completed.”
He added, “most of the flood prone areas have been linked to Warri waterways through the storm drainage channels.”
He further stated, “To facilitate work on the project, we introduced more ‘Concrete Teams’ to each of the five catchments increasing the workforce to five teams working simultaneously on each catchment to deliver the project on time.”
Continuing, Engr. Harb, said, “More equipments and machinery were mobilized to the sites and handled by our experienced teams to tackle any challenges.”
He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his effort and commitment to tackle flooding headlong in Warri and environs.
In the same vein, the Project Manager at CCECC, Delta, Engr. Wu maintains that their team of workers on sites are progressively working in ensuring timely completion of the project.
He stated, “Two teams of our workers are currently working at the sites and we also have a precasting site in our yard to ensure we achieve a standard project when the ongoing construction is completed.”
Engr. Wu, expressed appreciation to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for taking out time to come and inspect the projects and ascertain the level of work done.