Delta state government has approved the construction of 11 new roads across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Commissioner for Works, Chief James Auguye, made this known Tuesday while briefing newsmen at the end of the state’s executive council meeting in Asaba.
Auguye said the approved roads needed urgent attention as the state government was desirous of utilizing the dry season to construct a lot of roads.
On his part, commissioner for Youths Development, Mr Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, who, along with his Information counterpart, Mr Charles Aniagwu, were part of the briefing, stated that plans to reduce irregular migration in the state included aggressive enlightenment in schools and creating more job opportunities.
The information commissioner, Mr Aniagwu, reiterated the determination of government to stop irregular migration of the youth under the guise of seeking greener pastures in places with no guaranteed security and assurance of better living conditions.
Aguoye said , “As we are aware, we are in the dry season and the government is working to increase the pace of road construction in the state.”
He stated that the council approved Oniore/High Court road, Orerokpe; Obi Azikwuo Street, Boji Boji, Owa; Alika Street in Boji Boji, Owa; Ogbeima internal roads in Bomadi Local Government Area and Okerenkoko township road phase 4.
“Also approved for construction is the Pamol Road in Ethiope West local government area; Construction of additional drains at the Ekwuoma/Umunede road, a road that has already been completed; DDPA road phase 4, Agbor, in Ika South; Igbite Street, Staff Quarters in Okpe Local Government Area; reconstruction and resurfacing of Alihame/Agbonta/Oki road and Tete road in Boji Boji, Owa, Ika North East.
“Contracts are awarded based on available money, and contractors are happy, projects that can be paid for are awarded because the process for the award of contracts are well planned.
“I want to use this opportunity to state that the Abari/Asaba-Ase road is not abandoned; the only way for the contractor to move equipment to the site is through Uzere federal road which is in a very bad shape.
“So, our governor has requested for what it will take to carry out remedial work on the federal road to enable the contractor access the Abari/Asaba-Ase road,” he said.
The commissioner stated further that; “Our governor is committed to discouraging brain drain and irregular migration in the state.”