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Delta government begins masterplan review, borehole enumeration 


 Ifeanyi Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa

Determined to curtail illegal structures and give Delta State capital, Asaba a facelift, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated members of the State’s Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA) Board.

At the ceremony, the members was urged to implement the city’s masterplan and   former Commissioner for Works, Chief Tom Amioku was sworn in as the Chairman of DSCTDA.

Okowa remarked that with the paucity of funds, the board members should be very proactive in partnering with the private sector to achieve developmental goals of the capital territory.  The governor advised the board members to think outside the box, get investors and ensure that Asaba wears befitting look as the capital of oil-rich Delta State.

“We believe that an agency has to be established to give Asaba a befitting look as capital city. It is going to be a great challenge based on the current financial situation in the country and our state but, it is time for us to implement the masterplan of Asaba, address the problems of infrastructure and tackle the issues of waste disposal by liaising with Oshimili South Local Council and the Waste Management Board.”

He, therefore, urged the board members to also look at the industrial park located within the capital city with a view to ensure that it was put to proper use, especially, by industrialists.

Meanwhile, the state government in collaboration with Emani Global Network Limited has commenced the enumeration of boreholes to determine their suitability for consumption.

The Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Fidelis Tilije who spoke in Asaba during the flagged-off of the exercise, explained that the state government took the initiative to determine the numbers, locations and sources of water in the state so as to enable proper planning and also to determine the make-up or substance of such boreholes.

Tilije said that enumeration will determine whether there is chemicals that are injurious to health, noting that in the face of the breakout of various diseases, it is expedient for government to take stock of our water sources and know what people consume.

He vowed that bore holes that are discovered not suitable for consumption will be blocked and an alternative provision will be made for them, saying quality water is good health.

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