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Delta moves to revive economy post-COVID era

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The Delta State government is revamping its economy from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the establishment of the Kwale Industrial Park (KIP) after efforts to continue with other recreational facilities were marred by litigations.

The Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chika Ossai, told reporters yesterday in Asaba that one of the major areas of focus by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration was to deliver KIP, whose payment of compensation for the acquired lands would be concluded in three months with the approval of N800 million by the State Executive Council.

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Ossai, who was giving his one-year stewardship, added that aside from delivering four more modern markets in addition to the six others at various stages of completion across the state as part of measures to revive the economy, his ministry had extended the revalidation exercise for cooperative societies till the end of this month.

In a related development, the government has called on contractors handling road projects in the state to make good use of the substantial relaxation of the lockdown by speeding up work before the wet season sets in.

The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, who made the appeal in Agbarho, Ughelli North council area of the state while inspecting the section one of the three-kilometre Agbarho-Orherhe-Otokutu road and bridge, advised those not yet on-site to mobilise immediately in line with the state government’s directive.

He said the project had opened up the Ubeji-Ifie axis of the Warri River as well as attracted six tank farms and multi-billion naira investments, urging the contractors to deliver the good by December 2021 as agreed.

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