Okowa, Ayu, Warri Monarch Commend DESOPADEC For Uniting Communities Through Infrastructure


The Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, has been commended for the impact the interventionist agency has made in enhancing greater unity among communities through the provision of connecting infrastructure and shared amenities   

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, Delta State Governor  and Vice Presidential candidate of the party, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ugiame Atuwatse III, gave the commendation in their separate remarks at the commissioning of the three kilometre concrete road linking Oboghoro to Ogheye Dimigun and a pedestrian steel bridge across the Jorojoro Creek also connecting Ogheye Dimigun with Oboghoro and Utonlila communities in Warri North.

“This bridge symbolizes the unity that we deserve in this country,” Ayu declared while cutting the tape, flanked by Governor Okowa his predecessor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III.

“If we link communities by infrastructure and development, there will be greater interaction and understanding”, he enthused.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Okowa said he had been impressed and very satisfied with the efforts and commitment of DESOPADEC to the provision of infrastructure for the people and communities of the oil producing areas, describing the agency’s achievements as wonderful.

He said besides the pedestrian bridge across the Jorojoro Creek, DESOPADEC hasld achieved giant strides in building housing estates, primary and full boarding secondary school, cottage hospital, internal roads, rural electrification, water scheme and civic centre for Oboghoro and Utonlila communities, which had also been connected with another bridge to foster communication and interaction among the communities in the Delta axis of the Benin River.

While presenting the projects for commissioning, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, explained that hitherto crossing the Jorojoro Creek was by wooden boats which were sometimes pulled by hand.

“This we seek to eliminate by the construction of the bridge. It is safer and faster now for our people to move across. 

“The concrete road has been constructed to allow vehicular movement around the Oboghoro urban community. More critical was the need to find a lasting solution to loss of lives regularly recorded in travels by river between Oboghoro and Ogheye, particularly of students.

Ayu and Okowa had earlier commissioned the sprawling Ogheye Ultra Modern Floating Market, described as a wonder in the rivers, to enhance commerce among Delta communities along the Benin River and their coastal neighbours from Ondo, Edo, Ogun and Lagos states.

Dignitaries at the event included the State Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, the National Secretary of the PDP, Chief Chris Anyanwu and members of the National Working Committee, the Chairman of Delta State PDP, Barrister Kingsley Esiso, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly and State PDP Governorship candidate, Rt Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori, members of the National Assembly and Delta State House of Assembly, members of the Delta State Executive Council, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Chief Agboola Ajayi, Secretary to the Delta State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, members of the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers, the immediate past Chairman of DESOPADEC and Delta South Senatorial district PDP candidate, Evangelist Michael Diden, and members of the board of DESOPADEC, among others.

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