As preparations heighten for the celebration of the 26 years anniversary of Delta State creation, the Chief Press Secretary to Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Charles Anigwu, has said the people of Delta State have every reason to celebrate.
Aniagwu who was fielding questions from journalists on Thursday in Asaba said: “As a state created 26 years ago, our leaders and indeed, all Deltans have cause to celebrate because the state has recorded huge socio- economic and political transformation within the period.
“We may not have been able to develop to a level we anticipated, but today we have been able to record considerable number of milestones that we can be proud of as a state in various areas of development”.
He said successive and present administrations in the state had been able to focus on construction and maintenance of the vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and drains.
He pointed out that the Ifeanyi Okowa administration since assuming office has embarked on the construction of more than 98 roads, covering a distance of over 612 kilometers.
He said the government had realized that road development and construction were the backbone for the achievement of the SMART agenda .
These roads, he stressed “are intended to link up our various communities to enhance socio-economic developments in the state. The movement of farm produce from one locality to another has been enhanced with the provision of motorable roads linking our communities.”
He adeded: “The unprecedented growth in our state capital as witnessed in recent times is indicative of the fact that the dividend of democracy is gradually trickling down to the masses.”
According to him, “today the state capital is growing at a phenomenonal speed, we have been able to add a level of momentum. The fact is that the state capital has moved away from a glorified local government headquarters to something that looks more like an urban center.”
He said Asaba, being the state capital had been enjoying unprecedented level of peace, as a result of the conscious efforts of our past and present leaders of the state.
“You will agree with me that the rapid socio-economic development of Asaba, especially the invasion of Nollywood actors into Asaba is as a result of the peaceful nature and environment of the fast growing city,” he added.
In the area of education, Mr. Aniagwu explained: “We are still registering a level of progress as the state is paying more attention to vocational training for our students to reduce the incidence of unemployable graduates .
“The state is focusing on graduating students who can not only employ themselves but graduates who can become employers of labour.”
Aniagwu said: “It is on record that the state government has repositioned the technical and vocational schools in the state by investing huge resources to ensure that they become center of excellence. For example, His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa approved the upgrade of infrastructure and equipment in Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele technical colleges as well as the Issele-uku, Ogor and Utagba-Ogbe technical colleges”.
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