Paul Osuyi, Asaba
A cross section of participating editors at the just-concluded 14th All Nigerian Editors Conference held, in Asaba, Delta State, have commended the state government for what they described execution of people-oriented projects in the past three years of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration.
The editors made the commendation during a guarded tour of ongoing and completed projects of the government across the three senator districts of the state.
At Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area, the editors said the ongoing Teachers’ Development Centre will be a wonderful landmark project if completed.
Speaking on behalf of the editors who visited 12 project sites in Delta North Senatorial District, the Team Leader, Mr. Steve Osuji of The Nation newspaper, stated that the concept, execution and impact the centre will have on the teaching profession will make it first of its kind in the country, adding that the project is unique and made the most impression on them.
Osuji, who is a member of the standing committee of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), organisers of the conference, commended Governor Okowa for the legacy and high impact projects seen in Delta north.
He disclosed that Delta State, especially the state capital, is safe as they moved around freely during the five-day conference.
Some of the projects visited include Nsukwa/Ejeme Aniogor/Agbor Alidinma/Owa Alidinma Road cutting across three council areas, Issele Uku/Issele Mkpitime/Onicha Olona Road in Aniocha North council and Abavo Circular Road in Ika South council.
Also visited are General Hospital, Abavo, Ika South, Owa-Ekei/Owa-Alero Road in Ika North East YAGEP Fish Farm Cluster, Ibusa, Oshimili North, Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Centre, Issele Uku, Aniocha North and old Lagos Asaba Road from Emuhu junction to Agbor Obi junction, Ika North East, among others.
In another development, those on Delta Central team toured such projects as Abraka Township roads (Phase 1), Ekreravwen/Oroakpor/Isiokolo road, Ugbomro road, (section 1) YAGEP Fish Farm Cluster, Ugbokodo, General Hospital, Agbarho, Government Secondary School, Ekiugbo, Ughelli, amongst others.
At General Hospital, Agbarho, the Consulting doctor on duty, Dr. Monday Unior, said the renovation of the hospital by the state government had paved way for some of the present administration’s programs such as free under five medical care, free maternal health care, Contributory Health Care scheme for both the formal and informal sectors to function effectively.
He said that the hospital was in a state of dilapidation until the state government carried out major repairs on the it.
At the Government Secondary School, Ekiugbo, a staff of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Anthony Akponovo, told the editors that the boarding section of the school had a carrying capacity of 205 students.
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He disclosed that entrance examination had been conducted to admit new students.
Facilities visited included the hostel, inside and outside kitchen, multi-purpose hall, offices and classrooms.
The visitors also made brief stops at some of the newly constructed roads including the 12 km Ekreravwen/Orhoakpo/Isiokolo Road in Ethiope East and Ughelli North local government areas; and the eight kilometre Ughelli-Afiesere-Ufuoma Road where they commended the quality of work done.