Omos Oyibode, Asaba
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Monday, said that his administration since inception on May 29, 2015, has created a total of 17, 173 jobs, consisting of 6, 800 direct jobs and 10,373 indirect jobs.
The governor also said from May 2015 to April 30, 2016, his administration has disbursed the sum of N546million to a total of 3,110 Deltans within the micro, small and medium scale enterprises development progrsamme in the state.
Okowa made the revelation on Monday during a media briefing to mark his one year in office as governor of Delta State.
The governor who spoke in company of the state commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah, revealed that his administration has developed, maintained and renewed infrastructures in line with the aspirations and dreams which he conceptualized during his electioneering campaign.
According to him, a total of 54 road contracts have either been awarded for construction or rehabilitation, which he said run through the three senatorial districts of the state.
He said “As I made clear in my inaugural speech, our vision is to drive an inclusive economic growth policy that works for all. Hence we are constantly retooling our processes to fund the unfunded, that is the poor, the women, the vulnerable in the society so that they can prosper from the global economy”.
He told journalists that besides the roads that have been constructed which he will commission within the one year anniversary period, work is ongoing in many other roads which are progressing steadily and would be ready for commissioning within the next few months.
He called for continual investment in infrastructure renewal and new constructions that will engender economic growth, lead to social improvements and give communities equal opportunity to benefit from the economy.
He said the amount of investment required is huge because the need for infrastructure development is ever growing and expanding, adding that local and international investors are taking keen interest in the state.
He assured Deltans that undermining the lean resources available to the state occasioned by the drop in the price of oil, he would judiciously deploy the resources to meet the development needs to the benefit of all Deltans.