Taraba State Governor, Architect Darius Ishaku, has said governments of Niger Delta States deserve accolades for infrastructure development as projects, especially roads cost more to build in the region than in the North because of the terrain.

Ishaku stated this on Friday in Asaba while inaugurating road projects in the State Capital Territory.

The projects are Jesus Saves road, Agric road and the dualised Okpanam road.

He said as a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, he was familiar with issues, including the terrain and cost of developing infrastructure in the region, adding that he was impressed with the quality of work being done by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Delta.

Ishaku commended Okowa for his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the growth and development of Delta and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He noted that PDP Governors were working hard by providing the people with live-changing projects, and said “as we approach 2023, I urge Nigerians to support the party in our quest to take back power at the centre.

“Happily today the users of these roads have joined the community of beneficiaries of the Okowa administration.

“Without mincing words we are proud of you, Governor Okowa, because you have done us proud in PDP and you have made your people happy as well”.

The visiting Governor thanked Deltans for their support for Okowa and PDP, and urged them to remain committed to sustaining their support.

In his remarks, Governor Okowa welcomed Ishaku to Delta, saying “we are happy as a people and happy as a state and on behalf of the government and people of Delta we welcome you to our state.

“As has been said, this area we are inaugurating this road today used to be a very difficult terrain and I must publicly appreciate the contractor, CCECC for a great job done, especially for achieving the ground sewer to the Amilimocha river.

“Today the sewer is under the ground and with the reconstruction of the roads and the drains, everything looks so good and we are happy that you are here to inaugurate these important roads”.

On the Okpanam road project, he said the road was very key because it connected the twin towns of Asaba and Okpanam.

According to him, “the road connects two local government areas and we have completed it by ensuring that the storm water which used to be very problematic is now a thing of the past.

“We have completed six out of the eight storm drainage channels and still have two more to ensure the completion of the entire storm drainage project in Okpanam and Asaba and thereafter we can sleep with our two eyes closed,” Okowa added.

He thanked the people of Asaba and Okpanam for their cooperation and support in enabling the growth of the State Capital Territory.

Earlier in their welcome remarks, Chairman Oshimili South Local Government, Mr Kelvin Ezenyili and his Oshimili North counterpart, Mr Innocent Esewezie, said the area was host to the state capital but had never had it as good in infrastructure development as the present administration in the state had done.

Specifically, Esewezie said the importance of roads to the growth and development of any society could not be over-emphasized.

He thanked Governor Okowa for the many things he had been doing in Okpanam and the entire Oshimili North.

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