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Delta Citizens Kick Over N164bn Roads Construction, Repairs

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BY NOSA ERESOYEN, Asaba –

Trouble has continued to brew in Delta State following a whopping sum of N164 billion allegedly spent by the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, in the last two years on roads repairs and reconstruction.

While the state commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, had early this month, disclosed that a whopping sum of N164 billion was allegedly spent by the State government on roads across the three senatorial districts.

Concerned group which claimed to be Group for Good Governance in the state headed by one Jeff Akpofore, told Journalists in Asaba last weekend that the group had written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate funds expended on Asaba-International Airport allegedly running into N56 billion.

The group leader, Jeiff Akpofore, had in the same vain flayed Okowa’s alleged high handedness and outright “punishment” for the state pensioners, primary school teachers, and local government workers even in his disguised hue and cry of recession.

Investigation revealed that the purportedly constructed roads include, Warri/Effurun NNPC Link road Off Airport road by Igboroke, NPA New Port, DLA road, Okumagba Avenue Estate, Okpanam road and others.

Although, over 162 roads have been claimed by the State Government to have been reconstructed including existing ones, but the group averred that Okowa led administration may be worse than his predecessors, considering the alleged wasted and diverted funds running into billions of naira in the past two years, and threatened that it will go to the root to ensure the governor is accountable to Deltans.

Meanwhile, tension has continued to build up in the State ahead of the 2019 elections, particularly the governorship polls.

Sources said the scheming methods to ensure 2019 returns governor Ifeanyi Okowa back in office, had allegedly robbed off on some infrastructural developments in the state, including Asaba Airport Project where N1.5billion was alleged to have been diverted into personal pockets.

It was reliably gathered that the governor had since commenced strategies ahead of the 2019 elections and had also seen Ulo chief executive, Chief Uche Okpuno, who had just resigned from the contract works of Asaba Airport Project as a rival whose “Financial war chest” must not be allowed to grow beyond measures. According to our informed sources, the governor is unsettled, at present, and believes that one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants eyeing his seat has the backings of Chief Okpuno, who people said is very rich.

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