Obaseki, Okowa seek stronger collaboration among South-south states, commission projects in Delta
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday joined his Delta State counterpart, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa to commission the Otu-Jeremi-Okwagbe Road and the Effurun-Otor Bridge/Access Road constructed by the Governor Okowa-led administration.
Commissioning both projects at Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Obaseki hailed his delta colleague for his infrastructural development in the state.
Obaseki noted, “I am glad to commission the Okwagbe Road, which will connect two major tribes, the Urhobos and Ijaws. The governor has used infrastructural development to connect tribes.
“I commend Governor Okowa for his achievements and his developmental strides for the people of Delta State, ensuring a better life for all. We are working hand-in-hand with our sister-state and soon will invite you to also come and commission projects in Edo State.”
Obaseki continued: “I heard his people call him the road master and getting to this point again, they called him the bridge master. That name is significant because he is not only building physical bridges. He is building community bridges; he is building social and economic bridges.
“I think one of the problems of Bendel is that we do not make enough noise; those who are criticizing the Niger Delta Governors for what they are doing with their 13 percent derivation should come to Delta State.
“They should come to Ughelli South and see how our derivation money is being spent. What particularly strikes me about this bridge is the quality of work I am seeing here.
“The contractor that constructed this road is an indigene of this place and it’s quite impressive. It shows you that we have the capacity to do our thing ourselves; we have the people; we have the resources.”
On his part, Governor Okowa thanked Obaseki for finding time to be in the State, adding, “I have two years to go and will do all my best to finish all projects. I have started and the ones we could not complete will be handed over to the in-coming administration.”
The Chairman of Ughelli South LGA, Hon. Richard Kofi, hailed the governors for their efforts at improving the quality of life of the people through infrastructural projects in their states.
He said:”The Okwagbe Road serves as a busy transit point for the movement of men and goods to and from the Ijaw Riverine Communities, the Urhobo hinterland, Warri and beyond.”