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Delta State Government has reiterated the imperativeness of regular update and upgrading of those charged with the responsibility of driving the implementation machineries to ensure that processes and derivables are in tune with international best practices.
The State Governor, Senator Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa stated this today in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government while declaring open the third edition of the annual two-day training for civil engineers in the Minisyry of Works.
Governor Okowa who was represented by the Deputy Governor Barr kingsley Burutu Otuaro, disclosed that his administration highly values the partnership of the civil service establishment in the implementation of her programmes.
One of the cardinal programmes of my administration is rural-urban intergration/ urban renewal through massive development of sustainable infrastructure which is critical to achieving the Stronger Delta Vision, the Governor added.
He stated that since the inception of his administration in 2015, government has significantly advanced urban-rural integration with the construction of 455 road projects comprising of 1,269,42kms of roads and 517,34kms of drainage channels across the State.
Governor Okowa maintained that the provision of roads and physical infrastructure is critical to building a stranger and more resilient economy.
“It helps to decrease inequality, creates employment, enhances I dividual productivity, stimulates growth of micro, small and medium scale enterprises and facilitates better living conditions in our communities and cities,” Governor Okowa stated.
He also said that the provision of physical Infrastructures provided services that meet daily requirements of citizens and increased aggregate demand for goods and services that stimulates more production and expansion of the economy.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye said that the ministry had decided to organize the third edition of the training to keep engineers in the employ of the state government abreast with modern construction techniques and to sharpen their skills while carrying out their assigned responsibilities.
Chief Augoye who noted that some noticeable and positive gians were derived from the first and second editions of the training in respect of projects supervision explained that this made the ministry to institute the training as an annual event.
He appealed to the participants to be serious with the training as the state government had put a lot of mental and financial resources together to organise the programme.
At the closing of the 2-day Annual training, commissioner for Works chief James Augoye disclosed that five engineers will be sent to Las Vegas in the United States of America to attend the 2020 International Civil Engineers Conference.
According to the commissioner, another set of four engineers have been nominated to understudy concrete Mattresses at submar West Africa in Lagos next week.
Chief Augoye also stated that the next technical meeting of engineers in the ministry would be held at the second Niger Bridge under construction to enable the engineers understudy the bridge and have firsthand information about bridge construction.
The commissioner assured the engineers that the communique on their findings at the training workshop would be sent to the governor, as it would form the basis of road construction in the state.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Fred Edafioghor, thanked Governor Okowa for giving the ministry the opportunity to organize the training.