Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday explained why the multi-billion naira Trans Warri Ode Itsekiri roads, and bridges in Warri South have not be completed.
He accused former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of owing the contractors, Setraco Nigeria, N8.8 billion.
Okowa, who spoke at the Warri township stadium during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally, added that the project was stopped by the contractor because the previous administration did not pay the debt.
He said his administration paid N3.5 billion of the money owed, noting that work would soon commence.
The Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri road project was awarded to Setraco in 2006 by former Governor James Ibori and continued by Uduaghan.
The road, which connects several communities in Warri South and other councils, has 19 bridges with 10 completed by the Ibori and Uduaghan administrations. Sixteen billion naira was paid by the previous administrations.
Okowa said: “In 2015 when we were campaigning, I promise the people of Warri South that we are going to do the Ubeji road. We also told them we are going to complete the Trans Warri-Ode Itsekiri road.
“That project was abandoned by the contractor because the previous administration was owing N8.8 billion. But today we have paid N3.5 billion to the contractor and work will commence soon.”
Okowa thanked the people for their support, urging them to vote for him again to consolidate on his achievements.
He said his administration had commissioned consultants to look at how flooding in the area could be resolved, stressing that before the end of his second term, flooding in Warri would be a thing of the past.
“We have commissioned contractors to build big drainages that will solve the issue of drainage in Warri. Preliminary work has been done and the flood places have been identified.
“Before the end of my second tenure I will finish all projects I have embarked on. I don’t want to embark on projects I cannot finish. This is the reason I hardly talk. When I talk I make sure that I do what I said.
“I want to plead with you to vote for PDP candidates from the national to state level. This will make my election to be easy because God is with us,” Okowa said.