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Okowa appoints Aguariavwodo, four others as advisers


Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo

Gets additional N2.2b for new secretariat
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has announced the appointment of five special advisers out of the 15 that he requested and got approval from the House of Assembly on Tuesday.

In a statement yesterday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Chiedu Ebie, stated that the inauguration date of the new appointees would be announced in due course.

According to the SSG, the new advisers include Prof. Sylvester Monye (Senior Policy Adviser) and Dr. Kingsley Emu (Chief Economic Adviser).

Others are Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Emmanuel Okoro and Efe Ofoburuku, whose portfolios have not been made public.

Meanwhile, the House of Assembly has approved the governor’s request for upward review of the contract for the construction of the New Central Secretariat Complex by N2.2 billion to be undertaken by North China Construction Nigeria Limited.

Okowa said due to the urgency in bringing all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) under one roof to reduce the cost of governance, it became necessary to complete the project in record time by ensuring adequate funding, bearing in mind its importance as one of the flagship projects of the present administration.

He noted that the State Executive Council (SEC) at its meeting on May 21 considered and approved the term loan financing of N2.2 billion.

Similarly, the house approved another request from the governor for discount of the N34.43 billion Federal Government Promissory Note issued by the Debt Management Office (DMO) to settle debts for works executed on federal roads in the state.

It also approved the payment of N1.128 billion consultancy fee of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) consultant, GSCL Consulting.


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