Refund for road repairs hard for FG, says Okowa
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has described the Federal Government as economically-challenged to refund states that embarked on the rehabilitation of failed federal roads in their domain.
The governor, during his quarterly interactive session with newsmen in Asaba, noted that the Federal Government was undertaking the dredging of the Warri Port.
He recalled that in May 2015, his government prioritised some projects, including the Ughelli/Asaba road, adding that it was currently accelerating the completion of the dual carriageway to accommodate the heavy traffic expected from the Warri Port when dredging of the second part of Escravos Bar would be completed.
“My administration is working round the clock to complete the dualisation of Ughelli/Asaba road because of its importance in the evacuation of goods from the port,” he said, explaining that the previous administration had nearly completed Section B of the project, which was divided into three phases.
Section C, from Ossissa to Asaba, which was the area slowing down the project, he added, would be concluded between November 2019 and April 2020.
“Work has started earnestly at the Section C that is Asaba/Ogwashi-Uku/Ossissa road. It is going to ease movement between Warri and Ughelli, through Asaba to Onitsha, and now that our ports are gradually coming back to life and we are hoping that when the Federal Government, through the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), dredges the second part of the Escravos Bar, we will have many more ships coming into Delta. This will help to decongest the Lagos ports,” Okowa said.
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