President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the N80 billion for the reconstruction of the Sapele/Benin and Amukpe/Agbor/Uromi roads.
Deputy Senate President and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, stated this at a meeting with members of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) in Sapele.
In a statement by Ima Niboro, Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Delta APC Campaign Council, Tuesday, Omo-Agege claimed that on the assumption of the office of the Deputy Senate President he reached out to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the status of the highways but he was not forthcoming with the necessary information.
“He recalled that as soon as he became Deputy President of the Senate he requested from Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to know the status of the road all the way from Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) to Agbor.
“He said this was because he knew the contract had been awarded previously and hence requested for a review so he could put it in the Niger Delta Development Commission budget. He explained that because Okowa felt he would not get the political credit, the issue died.
“But recently, with the reconstitution of the NDDC board, President Buhari ordered that N500 billion naira of the Commission that was frozen be released for development projects and the sum of N80 billion was approved when he pleaded with the President to consider the Sapele/Benin Road and the Amukpe/Agbor Road,” the statement said.
Omo-Agege said it would be insanity to continue to hold onto Okowa through his anointed proxy, who he alleged have collectively failed to develop Delta State.
“When I become Governor in May 29, 2023, I will not wait for the Federal Government before constructing strategic roads in Delta and ensuring the implementation of the local content law so as to provide job opportunities for our youths,” he said.