The Delta State Government has identified Issele-Azagba/Otulu Road as one of the strategic projects to be considered for inclusion and implementation in the 2021 budget of the State.
The strategic nature of the road to the economic wellbeing of the State was brought to the fore on Wednesday 22nd July, 2020, when the Chairman, works Committee of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi, accompanied by the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, paid a visit to Issele-Azagba for an on the spot assessment of the road.
Also at the assessment visit were senior Directors and field engineers of the State Ministry of Works who were critical to the appraisal of the road for consideration.
In an interview with newsmen, Hon. Nwaobi affirmed that the road when put in place will be an alternative route from off Asaba/Benin expressway by Issele-Azagba down to Igbodo, Agbor, Warri, lagos and Abuja.
Hon. Nwaobi who represents Aniocha North State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, said that the road remains a strategic road that needs urgent attention, saying that its opening and construction will enhance the economic wellbeing of the people of Delta State as a whole.
“Having discussed that with the Honourable Commissioner for works, he deemed it necessary coming with me with his field engineers to have an on the spot assessment of the road and that is why we are here today.
“Coming here alone is a good sign of commitment to the people and we are assuring them that by the grace of God, we will do everything within our powers to ensure that the road is constructed.
“Also, putting into consideration the economic situation, we will work and see that the road is put in the next budget and we will push and see it is constructed for the benefit of, not only the people of Aniocha North, but the entire people of Delta State,” Hon. Nwaobi stated.
In his assessment, the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye confirmed the strategic nature of the road to the people of the state and said that it is worth considering for inclusion and implementation in the 2021 budget of the State.
“Definitely, we are going to work on the road to ensure that it is included in the budget of 2021 among the very few projects we are going to consider next year.
“You are aware what the covid-19 is doing to the economy of the State and the country at large and so, the very few projects that will be considered in the 2021 budget, are projects that are considered to be very strategic and of economic importance to the people and that is why I have come to see if this road as the Honourable member earlier told me at Asaba is actually worth considering.
“And having seen it and from the discussion we had, I have seen that the road is very strategic and it is worth considering,” the works commissioner affirmed, even as he assured that the needful will be done in the best interest of the people.