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Delta promises completion of Ayakoromo bridge


• As Ijaw youths threaten protests

The Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to the completion of road projects it has embarked on, saying the Ayakoromo bridge project in Burutu Council Area of the state has not been abandoned.

The clarification became necessary, as the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative (IPDI) and Ayakoromo youths had threatened to protest against ‘abandonment’ of the project.

Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, in a statement yesterday in Asaba, debunked the insinuation, urging the groups to shun their planned protest.He said the state government had already made provisions for the completion of the bridge in the 2020 budget and that it was desirous of completing the project, as work on the bridge would commence this quarter.

“As a government, we are committed to the construction of the Ayakoromo Bridge to link communities in Ughelli South and Burutu council areas.

“The Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration is concerned about the slow pace of work on the bridge and had already taken steps to facilitate its completion by making enough provisions for the project in the 2020 budget. “The state government remains committed to the development of coastal communities in Ijawland and other parts of the state and will go the whole hog until we give a new lease of life to communities in Delta State.“I, therefore, appeal to IPDI and Ayakoromo youths to embrace peace even as government is doing everything possible to make life more meaningful for them,” the statement reads.

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