Ayu, who was accompanied by members of the National Working Committee and Board of Trustees of the occasion, mentioned only a dedicated democrat of the PDP family could be as involved and devoted to offering welfare for his folks as Governor Okowa.
He mentioned “let me thank my brother, the governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for the nice work he’s doing for our party and for the folks of Delta state.
“I had planned to go to Delta for a very long time; I used to be salivating as a result of many of these tasks I noticed them on tv.
“I’m significantly pleased that I’m inaugurating this highway named after my good pal the late Amb. Ralph Uwechue, was an important intellectual, a diplomat and journalist and he deserves the honour that Delta has extended to him.
“You may have performed effectively for honouring residents that have performed well in contributing to the development of Delta and Nigeria.
“Delta indigenes have put Nigeria on the map in numerous ways, together with soccer.”
Ayu commended Deltans for their large help for the PDP since 1999 and urged them to stay steadfast in assist to party in the forthcoming common elections.
He counseled towards disagreements that might jeopardise the fortunes of the party within the elections, saying “since we returned to democratic governance in 1999, Delta has remained a PDP state and I congratulate all our party members in Delta for the unity that has ensured that we stay a PDP state.
“Let me counsel that it’s regular to have family disagreements inside a political party, however regardless of the disagreements we could have, let us be sure that it stays a family disagreement.
“Nothing in any way must be performed to break the unity of goal which has led to this great growth and our successful streak.
“It’s mentioned that divided we fall and united we stand. The PDP household in Delta should stay united and I’ve no doubt in thoughts that come next yr, the Governor of this state and all members of the state and National Assembly will all come from the PDP.
“We don’t lose elections in Delta and we’re not going to, notably with the efficiency of Governor Okowa.
“Aside road development, he has performed well in the health and education sectors however even should you do fantastic infrastructural projects and there’s no human capital growth, then you aren’t laying a solid basis.
“Fortunately for us, now we have a celebral governor who understands that you simply need an educated and wholesome inhabitants and you must defend that population with stable infrastructure.”
“Delta is moving ahead and Delta will proceed to move ahead and Delta will,all the time take its pleasure in of place in Nigeria as one of many shining states of the PDP household,” Ayu added.
He remarked that while PDP governors have been busy inaugurating projects, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had nothing to offer the folks aside from insecurity and battered economy.
“Only in PDP you will have the National Chairman going from state to state to inaugurate projects; the opposite parties don’t have any projects to inaugurate.
“All they do is to present us bandits and terrorists that harass our lives and make life unbearable for our folks.
“It’s due to this that the PDP is determined to take control of power at each stage in Nigeria within the forthcoming elections,” he acknowledged.
On his half, Governor Okowa mentioned that the project was expensive to his heart because it had offered a everlasting solution to the hitherto perennial flooding within the state capital.
He mentioned that his administration needed to undertake the project in spite of large financial challenges when he got here into office.
“This explicit project may be very dear to my coronary heart, not due to the road but because of the storm drainage projects which you might be inaugurating today.
“Some years in the past, once I came into government, exactly in 2016, I slept and once I woke up, my ADC drew my attention that the fences of the Government House had been breached in two points, as a result of the flood water coming from Okpanam had destroyed the fences that we had on both side. And I knew that I had a problem at my hand.
“We had to call for a research to be made, that delayed us for an additional 12 months and by the 18th month, after the research, we needed to take a bold step.
“At this time, by the special grace of God, we are able to now boast of roads which are passable and streets the place folks can now freely reside in.
That is as a result of lots of people have been really packing out of this area.
“Initially, you see a drainage of about 1.6m, 1.8m sq.. But as you progress to the end, you get to a stage the place you might be really having drains of about 3 meters by 3 meters or say 10 ft wide and 10 ft deep and which means conveniently, you possibly can drive jeeps through the drains.
“At this time, we no longer suffer what we used to suffer prior to now. This lovely road that we got here via, normally, in the rains, you can’t go through.
“However at the moment, it’s not so because once it rains now, inside 10 minutes, all the water is gone straight into the river.” he mentioned.
The governor defined that the state prides itself within the well being sector as the primary state to start contributory health insurance scheme for residents.
“On this state, we delight ourselves in the well being sector, that we’re the first state to truly give life to health insurance. As soon as we got here in, in 2016, we had a laws for obligatory health insurance scheme for our folks.
“The federal government undertook to pay the premium of all youngsters below 5 years of age and all women who’re pregnant.
“As at at the moment, now we have over a million folks registered in our contributory medical insurance scheme and now we have change into a role model for different states,” he acknowledged.
Okowa additional mentioned that his administration upgraded three tertiary institutions to universities to offer access to tertiary training for qualified Deltans who have been denied admission due to lack of space.
“We’ve had to improve three former tertiary institutions to universities. Ozoro Polytechnic to University of Science and Technology, Uzoro; College of Education, Agbor to University of Delta, Agbor; and the Anwai Campus of Delta State University, now Dennis Osadebey University, Asaba.
“These three universities had their accreditations the same day and the University of Delta, Agbor, has admitted 2000 college students in their first intake.
“The University of Science and Technology, Ozoro has admitted about 18000 individuals whereas Denis Osadebe College, Asaba has admitted over 600 college students in their respective first intakes.”
The governor additional mentioned “Our empowerment programmes have touched the lives of our youths and at the moment, our state is the safest state in this nation.
“We’ve educated these youths in several empowerment programmes, offered them with starter packs and monitored and mentored them; to make sure a really high stage of success.
“Mr Chairman, the occasion on this state has done so nicely and our youths too, in protecting our party’s structure.
“Different parties in this state could make noise however PDP has stayed in charge and PDP will proceed to remain in charge of the politics of this state,” Okowa acknowledged.
Briefing on the projects earlier, the Commissioner for Works (Highways and City Roads), Mr Noel Omodon, mentioned that they have been necessitated as results of large flood waters coming from the high plane of Okpanam to the low plane Asaba city.
Welcoming friends, Chairman of Oshimili South Local Authorities Council, Mr Kelvin Ezenyeli, recommended Governor Okowa for the various laudable projects executed by his administration within the state capital.
He mentioned that the storm drainage tasks had resolved the perennial flooding in the twin cities of Asaba and Okpanam and pledged the continued assist and loyalty of the Oshimili South folks to the PDP.
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