Mixed reactions and controversy have trailed the commissioning of Alema Model College, Abigborodo, home town of former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Warri North local government area of Delta state, built by the Uduaghan’s administration and NPA By-Pass, Warri South council by governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The commissioning of these two projects which the Okowa’s administration has been laying claims to, HardReporters can authoritatively report that the projects have no bearing with the incumbent administration as the governor want to make people to believe.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the Alema Model College, Abigborodo, was a project started by former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2014 and completed but could not be commissioned before leaving office while the NPA By-Pass road was constructed by former James Ibori’s administration about over ten years years ago which has been commissioned over six times by successive government.
In a bid to disabuse the minds of Deltans and the general public from the already notion that the project was among the projects claimed by governor Okowa to have been executed in the local government, the chairman of Abigborodo community, Monday Agbeyi, in a Vanguard Newspaper advert on Monday to welcome governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the community, made it vividly clear that the project was initiated and completed by former governor Uduaghan’s government.
“It is worthy to note that this project was initiated and successfully executed by His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan during his tenure as the executive governor of Delta state. It is our joy that this laudable project among others is being commissioned today by His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, the executive governor of Delta state in the spirit of continuity.” the statement stressed.
Cross section of respondents during interview with our correspondent shortly after the commissioning of the school, said, governor Okowa was only been mischievous and deceptive by laying claims to a project started and completed by an illustrious son of the kingdom in the person of former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
According to the respondents, Okowa has failed Deltans adding that his administration has not done anything in Warri and its environs since the three years of his administration, describing him as an inhuman and unforgiven politician who believed in politics of vendetta.
Meanwhile, in another interview session with cross section of Deltans at the commissioning of the NPA By-Pass road, they lamented and regretted the enthronement of Okowa as governor of Delta state, even as they revealed that Deltans have piled up graft petitions against governor Ifeanyi Okowa and at the appropriate time things will begin to unfold.
The visibly aggrieved Deltans, disclosed that already some of the anti-graft agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) as well as the Department of State Services, (DSS) among others to begin to look into the alleged sharp practices and corruption in Delta Government House, Asaba.
At the commissioning of projects, governor Ifeanyi Okowa stated that, his administration was committed to executing more projects across the state.
Okowa who used the opportunity to pay courtesy visit on the Olu of Warri, HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli commended the people for their support to his administration, and attributed the success execution of the projects to peaceful disposition and reception of the people concerning developmental programmes.
The Iwere College road, access road to Awaritse Industrial Park, Obite-Ugbo and Korobe road in Warri North local government area, Alema Modern College, Abigborodo, Ugbuwangue/NPA bye-pass road, rehabilitated Okere/Ugborikoko road, Frank Omare Crescent and the Esiri street were among the projects commissioned by Okowa.