As part of measures to change the narratives which put the tag of slum on Warri/Uvwie and the environs due to decades of infrastructure decay, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has approved various projects for execution to give the axis a facelift.
Also, the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA) charged with the development of the area is putting a taskforce in place to sustain the tempo of work.
WUEDA Director General, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, disclosed this in Warri at a press briefing to mark the first anniversary of the Governing Board of the Agency.
He said within the last one year of the Agency’s existence various projects, including Flood Control Measures in Effurun/Warri and Environs (Phase I), Flood Control Measures in Effurun/Warri and Environs (Phase II), Construction of Access Road to Federal Housing Estate, Ugboroke, Uvwie Local Government Area, Rehabilitation of First Marine Gate Road in Warri South, Rehabilitation of Odibo Street in Warri South, Construction of Atse Olu Community Road in Warri South, among others, had been approved for execution.
Macaulay, a former Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), said most of the projects already awarded were at various stages of completion, while work on others would commence after the rains.
The DG affirmed that the modest milestones recorded so far with the execution of some of the projects had made tremendous impact on the environment and residents of Warri/Uvwie and environs, as the menace of flooding and dirt was gradually becoming a thing of the past.
He said to sustain the success already achieved within the period under review and to put an end to unhygienic behavior by some of the residents, as well as regularly clear overgrown weeds and grasses, the Agency was putting in place a taskforce and other necessary measures.
“I assure you that necessary steps are being taken by the Agency to keep the axis clean with a proposed initiative to engage ad-hoc staff of sweepers, monitors, environmental marshals and taskforce to carry out follow-up maintenance works in the Agency’s mandate areas,” he stated.
Macaulay expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers, community leaders and the residents for their cooperation, and commended Governor Okowa for his approvals and support for the Agency.