President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release N80 billion for the reconstruction of Sapele/Benin Road and the Amukpe-Agbor-Uromi Road, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said noting he decided not to carry Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the development.
Deputy President of the Senate and governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, made the disclosure during a meeting with members of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), which held in Sapele, Monday, November 28.
He recalled that as soon as he became Deputy President of the Senate he requested from Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to know the status of the road all the way from Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) to Agbor. He said this was because he knew the contract had been awarded previously and hence requested for a review so he could put it in the Niger Delta Development Commission budget. He explained that because Okowa felt he would not get the political credit, the issue died.
But recently, with the reconstitution of the NDDC board, President Buhari ordered that N500 billion naira of the Commission that was frozen be released for development projects and the sum of N80 billion was approved when he pleaded with the President to consider the Sapele/Benin Road and the Amukpe/Agbor Road.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said it would be insanity to repeat the same thing over again and expect different results he said for his reason for not carrying Governor Okowa on approval for the Agbor-Uromi road reconstruction. This he said, was what it would amount to by continuing to hold onto Okowa through his anointed proxy, both of whom he alleged have collectively failed to develop Delta State.
He assured that when elected as governor he would create an enabling environment for companies that left the State as a result of insecurity and other factors to return. “When I become governor in May 29, 2023 I will not wait for the Federal Government before constructing strategic roads in Delta and ensuring the implementation of the local content law so as to provide job opportunities for our youths.”