***PS Edafioghor Pledges Staff Support
The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, has charged the staff of the ministry to brace up for serious work in the second tenure of Governor Okowa administration.
Chief Augoye who resumed work in his office at exactly 8.50am on Friday, stated this when he was welcomed to the office by the Permanent Secretary, Directors and staff of the ministry in Asaba.
According to Chief Augoye, “The Ministry of Works is the window through which the governor showcases his work to the people of the state, saying, “The vision of Governor Okowa is to make the state Stronger and he expects more from the ministry.”
The commissioner who thanked Governor Okowa for reappointing him as the Commissioner for Works said, “The governor wants the urban and rural areas connected and it is through the ministry of works that he does achieve the purpose.”
He called on the staff to be ready to work harder and support him in this second tenure, saying that they may be call up to work even at the weekend.
Chief Augoye stated that in this second tenure there is going to be more regular and close supervision of projects to ensure that contractors keep to specifications and time line, saying that the governor is going to be judge by what the ministry has done.
The commissioner who revealed that in the first tenure of Governor Okowa, the ministry set for itself a target of constructing 2000km of roads but was able to do 1174km, stated that there is going to be a serious work because this is transition tenure.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Edafioghor had pledged the support of the staff to the commissioner to enable him function better in his second tenure as commissioner for Works.
Mr Edafioghor revealed that since the commissioner handed over on the 24th of May 2019, not much had happened but that the DBS/Government House Water Sewer has been connected to the river and the governor could now sleep with his eyes closed without bordering about flood in that end.
In their separated interview, the Director, Highways, Mr Joshua Ebube and the Director Urban and Rural Roads, North, Dr (Mrs) Juliet Eboloje stated that the commissioner should consolidate on what he had done before to achieve more in this second tenure and also to continue in the training and retraining programmes for engineers which he introduced in his first tenure to refresh engineers of fresh ideals in the engineering field.