Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Governor, on Tuesday predicted that by 2018, the State will become the number producer of oil in the country if the youths continue to maintain the existing peace.
Governor Okowa made the prediction at the palace of the Okobaro of Ughieveen Kingdom, HRM. Matthew Ediri Egbi JP Owhawha shortly after he commissioned 10.8 Kilometres rehabilitated/resealed Okpare-Umolo-Ovwodokpokpor, Kiagbodo roads in addition to the inspection of Ewu and Okpe-Olomu roads.
Governor Okowa noted that the State Government could not meet up to the expectations of its people because of the little derivation accruing to the state in addition to youth restiveness and militancy.
The governor appealed to youths in Ughelli South Local Government Area to continue to maintain the existing peace as well as secure Government facilities within their areas.
Governor Okowa said, “Delta State as fourth producer of oil is not Delta of our dream. We were first oil producer and later second before we went to fourth position. We cannot meet up the expectations of our people. Let us maintain the peace so that we can rapidly go back to second position and if we maintain the peace, by 2018 we will get back to first position.”
Governor Okowa also commended the traditional institutions for their partnership in ensuring a peaceful Ughelli South Local Government Area.
The Ughievwen monarch, HRM, Matthew Edirin Egbi JP appealed to the governor to resolve the “power cut” in their area, stressing,” We contribute a lot to power from our place here.
Commissioning the road earlier, Governor Okowa thanked God for the enablement to complete the project.
Earlier in his remarks, Delta State Commissioner for Works, Mr. James Augoye stated that the project was awarded on 6th January, 2016 to Setraco Construction Company while the Okpe-Olomu road was awarded to Obakpor Engineering Company on 24th March 2016.
Chairman of Ughelli South Local Government Council, Evang. Paul Etaga hailed the governor for the rehabilitation of the road, pointing out that its benefits is enormous to the people of Ughelli South Local Government Area.