The failed Sapele-Benin road and the Amukpe-Agbor-Uromi road will be rebuilt with N80 billion, as approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
During a meeting with members of the Christian Council of Nigeria, which took place in Sapele on Monday, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy President of the Senate and APC candidate for governor of Delta, revealed this.
Omo-Agege claimed that as soon as he was appointed vice president of the Senate, he wrote to the governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, asking about the condition of the road leading from the Petroleum Training Institute to Agbor.
He said that this was because he was aware that the contract had already been awarded and had thus asked for a review to include it in the Niger Delta Development Commission budget.
But according to Omo-Agege, “the matter died because Okowa realized he would not get the political credit.”
As part of the recent reconstitution of the NDDC board, he added, Buhari ordered the release of N500 billion from the commission that had been frozen for development projects, and N80 billion was approved when he pleaded with the President to take the Sapele-Benin road and the Amukpe-Agbor road into consideration.
Okowa has failed to develop Delta State, he continued, adding that it would be insane to keep doing the same thing and expect different outcomes.
He promised that, if elected governor, he would establish a conducive atmosphere for businesses that had left Delta State due to insecurity and other issues to re-enter the state.
“When I become governor on May 29, 2023, I would not wait for the Federal Government before building vital highways in Delta and making sure the local content law is put into effect to give work opportunities for our youngsters,” he declared.
Omo-Agege utilized the conference to address the Muslim-Muslim presidential and vice presidential ticket of the APC, stating that “we desire power for development and growth.” Power is used for that purpose.
“In my opinion, power should go to the South after eight years under President Buhari. I exerted all of my strength. It was backed by APC governors. In Asaba, the governors of Southern Nigeria convened, endorsed it, and signed a statement. Okowa read the statement.