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As the inspection of ongoing projects by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) continues, the Managing Director/CEO,, Bashorun Askia Ogieh has expressed satisfaction with the projects,

The Management Team of the Commission, led by Bashorun Askia Ogieh, inspected ongoing projects by the Commission, in Ethiope West, Okpe and Ughelli North LGAs respectively.

The team first visited Jesse community, where a massive project of twin road construction, (Ujomi Road and Water Board Road) of about three kilometers was ongoing.

The Managing Director/ CEO, DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia stated that the inspection was being carried out, to ascertain the level of work done by the contractor in Jesse, but from what was on ground, he would say that the contractor has done a very good job.

In the same vein, the Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Chief Barr. John Obukowho Nani said the Water Board road was chosen because it links Jesse town directly to Mosogar and further revealed that the contractor came to site about two months ago and has been able to do a massive job within the time frame.

In his words, “You can see the joy of the people, because this place used to be a swampy area but now that the road is being constructed, the people are very happy. Those residing in this area can now access their residences freely and it is a good thing.’’

Also speaking, the Executive Director, Projects Hon. Daniel Mayuku expressed his satisfaction over the jobs done in a short period of time, as he was expecting to see a contractor that was about to start his job, because the site was handed over to him in a short while, but was surprised at the level of work done so far. He however said that the only challenge that might disrupt the road construction was the rain, since they were working in the rainy season.

A notable Chief in the community, Chief Joseph Ovoro expressed the joy of the people, stating that it was very wonderful that these developments were taking place in Jesse town. He thanked the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and DESOPADEC, for the economic importance of the road to them.

The inspection train then moved to Osubi. At the inspection of the Famous Oborevweri Road at Osubi, the MD expressed his excitement at the level of work done.

In his words, “This project has just been awarded a couple of months back in the life of this our tenure and we were actually coming here to see the work on site, but we were pleasantly surprised that on getting to this place, the job had been delivered. I must commend the speed with which the contractor has done the job particularly of the quality we are witnessing on site.”

One of the landlords on the road, Mr. Emuratu Oke expressed delight at the swift intervention of the Commission, under the able leadership of his Excellency, Governor Okowa. He particularly gave plaudits to DESOPADEC and the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly for attracting such massive development to the area.

Finally, at the Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU House, the contractor, Mr. Oboroh Kessiena disclosed that the contract, a magnificent socio-cultural edifice of the Urhobo ethnic nationality situated at Uvwiamughe, Agbarho in Ughelli North LGA was being done in phases including interlocking, landscaping as well as the conceptual erection of buildings for each of the 24 kingdoms that make up the entire Urhobo nation.

He said that the present phase they were working on is that of interlocking. On that, he gave assurance that in the next two months the job should be delivered.

The Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief John Nani, stated that the purpose of the inspection of the legacy project, especially the landscaping aspect, was to ensure that all efforts, material and otherwise were mustered, to see to its early completion and delivery, because it is a veritable avenue for the entire Urhobo nation to interface and celebrate their cultural heritage. He added that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that only the best was achieved.

It will be recalled that sometime last year, His Excellency, the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, when he visited the building during the celebration of the annual Urhobo Day, had assured the Urhobo nation of a timely and quality completion of the landscaping of the UPU Unity House, as a pride to the nation and as a signature intervention by DESOPADEC.

In his contribution, the Executive Director, Projects, Hon. Daniel Mayuku disclosed that the landscaping project was dear to the Commission, hence the need to engage one of the staff on ground to monitor the day to day execution in line with the new policy of the Board.

Capping up the observations, the Chief Executive Officer, Bashorun Askia Ogieh expressed satisfaction at the level, quality and time-bound nature of the job. He stated that the landscaping of the compound when completed, would certainly alter the aesthetic integrity of the environment, adding that against all odds, the Commission was making its impact. He expressed hope that in the nearest possible time, the project would become a reality.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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