Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has said that he is determined to ensure that all on-going projects were completed and handed over to the people for use by the end of his administration in the state.
The governor, who stated this on Monday, while on an unscheduled inspection tour of Umeh Road project in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state, said that the government is exerting pressure on contractors handling its projects to complete them on schedule.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work on the about 7.5 kilometre road project, noting that substantial progress has been made in the project.
The Umeh Road is being done in a swampy environment, which is in a bad state and almost impassable to motorists and cyclists before the project began.
However it now wears a new look with asphalt already laid on most part of the road and the bridge in place. It took the governor’s convoy which could not access the community when it first visited, only about seven minutes to drive into the community
Uduaghan said that in spite of the funding challenges and the problems posed by the 2012 floods which washed off progress made earlier on the road project, the project will be completed soon.
Besides, the prospect of a boom in farm produce, the governor was happy that the project has started impacting on the lives of youths of the community as a good number of them have learnt special skills in the process.
Addressing jubilant community youths who were singing his praise, the governor commended them for cooperating with the contractor, noting that disruption of work has not been experienced so far.
He urged them to sustain the spirit to ensure unhindered execution of the project as well as urged youths in other communities across the state to emulate their Umeh compatriots by ensuring that government projects meant to enhance the welfare of the people were not disrupted.
The originator of the Umeh Needs Road Facebook Appeal, Barrister Duncan Afahokor, said their joy knows no bounds with the realisation of the project.
Afahokor expressed confidence that the goals behind the project, which is principally to ease the movement of farm produce to the rest parts of the state would be realized, stressing that the Umeh road project was a promise fulfilled by Uduaghan.
He urged the Isoko and Deltans in general to support the Uduaghan’s administration to finish well and strong come May, 2015.