By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
The All Progressive Congress ( APC) Delta State on Thursday in Asaba described as reckless, and total fraud, N243billion claimed to have been spent by the Okowa led administration in three years, saying that PDP as a political party portends an umbrella for profligacy
Chief Great Ogboru, APC governorship candidate in the State who spoke to a group of journalists in Asaba, alleged that PDP was out to milk the nation’s economy dry, especially in Delta State.
In his words, “ I am particularly sad that such a whopping sum of N243bn was spent on road infrastructure for three years, is this what the party Chieftains here in Delta call development?
“It’s a total fraud, and diversion of Public funds, PDP for 16 years rule in Delta State has nothing tangible to show for the good people, is Delta developed? If the answer is yes, it is clear that those who say yes are beneficiaries of the looting spree in Delta State, but APC government under my leadership will correct all the irregularities perfected by PDP, Deltans are fed with Okowa, and by the grace of God, I am the next governor of the State, funny enough all the roads claimed to have been constructed by this failed PDP, are not durable, within the next few months are washed away”.
On allegations that he has no school certificate, and the moral will to govern the State, Chief Ogboru described the allegations as laughable and unfounded, adding” those peddling such are not informed, and are jobless, my academic records are the public domain for verification, I believe that the allegations are just the handiwork of my traducers, but they have failed, and by the grace of God I am the next governor of Delta State, APC is sure of winning Delta State, and President Muhammadu Buhari will be re elected”.
But the Delta State government through the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Kingsley Eze Emu, dispelled the allegations as untrue, saying that APC lacked focus and transparency in all its promises to the people in the last three years plus.
Dr Emu said: ”Ogboru and his APC have no place in Delta State, what Okowa led administration has done in the past three years plus, speak volumes, N243bn spent on road infrastructure in the state is justifiable, over 1,032 roads, all our roads are solid and were handled by seasoned contractors with well known construction firms, Ogboru is a serial liars and a pendulum in politics”.
The Commissioner said that N243billion was committed to the execution of road infrastructure across the three senatorial districts in the State, adding that the State was committed towards providing the basic infrastructural development for Deltans.
He said” the road projects comprise 1,032 measuring over 1,000 kilometers, (km) as well as 344 km of drains across the state” disclosing that out of the number,135 projects, covering 405Km of roads and 159km of drainage channels have so far been completed.
According to him, in the 2019 fiscal year, the sum of N79.6billion was earmarked for road infrastructure as captured in the 2019 budget, adding that the sum would be used for the completion of some of the on going projects in the state, and a host of others will be undertaken in the 2019 budget year.
The Commissioner however listed some of the ongoing projects to include: rehabilitation of roads across the state, rehabilitation of work on the Asaba international Airport runaway and taxiway (design) inter construction of link roads along Okpanam road , dualisation of Ughelli Asaba road and dualisation of old Lagos/Asaba road from Emuhu junction to Agbor Obi.
Other projects, according to the Commissioner include: construction of Ayakoromor Bridge across River Forcados, widening of Warri/Sapele road phase1, reconstruction of Ubeji access road, construction of Ughelli Afiesere Ufuoma road, construction /rehabilitation of Kwale township roads, rehabilitation of Warri Sapele express way at Ch6+500 and Ch1+100 from Effurun roundabout, maintenance of roads in Effurun and reconstruction of Ugberikoko/Polokor market/Okere road, adding that the state government will in the next four years, ensure that a minimum of 20kilometers of road would be construed in each of the 25 local government areas of the state