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Delta State Executive Council Allocates N10 Billion For Palliatives

This decision was a key outcome of the inaugural State Executive Council meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Asaba, on Wednesday.
By Sunday Daniel 

The Delta State Executive Council, under the leadership of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, has authorized the allocation of N10 billion for a Social Investment initiative aimed at providing assistance to various groups within the state, including the less privileged, people with disabilities, widows, women, youths, and the elderly.

This decision was a key outcome of the inaugural State Executive Council meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Asaba, on Wednesday.

Speaking to the press following the meeting, Comrade Reuben Izeze, the State Commissioner for Works (Highways and Urban Roads), stated that the Governor intends to submit this allocation to the State House of Assembly for approval. This financial provision is intended to support palliative measures for the aforementioned segments of the society.

Additionally, the State Executive Council granted approval for the construction of several critical roads, spanning all Senatorial Districts, in line with Governor Oborevwori’s M.O.R.E Agenda, with the goal of bolstering the economic well-being of the populace.

“In furtherance of the M.O.R.E Agenda of this administration, the State Executive Council approved the reconstruction of Upper and Lower Erejuwa Roads in Warri, Rehabilitation of Esisi Road from Warri Sapele Road to Estate roundabout with a spur to Nana College to link Ajamimogha in Warri.

“Rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of of the failed sections of PTI Road in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area; rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Oviri Court-Adagbrasa Road in Okpe Local Government Area.

“Rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Ohorhe-Adagbrasa-Ugolo-Okuodiete road with a spur from Adagbrasa to Ughwagba community to Okan junction along the Eku-Osubi-Effurun Road in Okpe Local Government Area.

“Construction of roads around Otovwodo junction in Ughelli North Local Government Area; Construction of Nsukwa-Umute-Adonte Road Phase 1 from Nsukwa to Umute in Aniocha South Local Government Area.

“Remedial works for the failed approach to the bridge at Bedesegba along Ohoror-Bomadi Road in Bomadi Local Government Area.”

Continuing, Izeze said: “Exco also granted approval for the installation of all-in-one LED solar powered street lights along NPA – DSC Expressway and its environs in Uvwie and Warri South Local Government Areas.

“Exco also approved the payment of the 2023 counterpart fund for the Universal Basic Education Programme and for the organisation/hosting of the 7th Edition of the National Youth Games in the state”.

Furthermore, the Council ratified the appointments of various traditional rulers, including the appointment of HRM Macaulay Popo Ovbagbedia as the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom.

“HRM Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo as the Ovie of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South; HRM Ogheneochuko Morris Eyekpimi – Egbobonyen as the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom in Warri South and HRM Obi Emmanuel Chukwuka as Obi of Umute Kingdom in Aniocha South LGA.”

In the realm of economic planning, Mr. Sonny Ekedayen, the Commissioner for Economic Planning, disclosed that the Council approved a supplementary budget of N167 billion for the year 2023. Additionally, the Council granted approval for a N40 billion credit facility to be extended to the 25 local government councils in the state, specifically to address substantial outstanding retirement benefits owed to local government pensioners.

Governor Oborevwori, in his welcome address, congratulated the newly appointed Commissioners and urged them to work diligently in advancing the growth and development of the state. He encouraged them to familiarize themselves with their swearing-in ceremony addresses and his inauguration speech, as these documents outline the policy direction of his administration.

“For the administration to be successful it requires the collaborative efforts of everyone. I urge all members to work in synergy as the decisions of council is a collective decision of all members,” the governor said.

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