DELTA State Government has earmarked N18 billion to construct six storm drainage projects to solve flooding problems in Warri and Uvwie areas of the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that contract for two of the projects had been awarded to CCECC Ltd and Levante Construction Ltd at the sum of N9.5 billion.
The governor stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Warri after inspecting some on-going projects being executed by the state government in Warri South, Uvwie and Udu Local Government Areas.
He said that special attention was being given to drainage challenges in the area because of the flooding posed by the terrain.
He assured that his administration would continue to prioritise resources in order to provide necessary infrastructure for the people.
Okowa expressed appreciation to people in the area for coming out in large number to welcome his entourage.
According to him, the large turnout is an affirmation of the satisfaction derived from the projects being executed.
“We have been able to carry out proper studies and we will embark on six storm drainage projects estimated at about N18 billion.
“We have awarded two out of the six projects, to CCECC and Levant Construction Limited who won the bid, according to the state tender board.
“These two projects will be costing us about N9.5 billion and that essentially will drain a major part of Warri and Uvwie when completed,” he said.
Okowa, who was conducted round the projects by the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, inspected the construction of concrete paved Dimony Street at Okumagba Layout in Warri; ongoing construction of Ifiebor Street with side drains as well as construction of classroom blocks at Okere-Urhobo Secondary School, Warri.
Other projects inspected included completed construction of Ogiyede Road, Off Ogunu Road, Warri, construction of concrete-paved NPA- Refinery Link Road, Ekpan, which the governor said would help to decongest traffic from ever-busy Refinery-Shaguolo-Ubeji Road.
He also inspected ongoing dualisation of Ubeji Road, reconstruction of DSC-Ovwian-Udu Road; reconstruction of Orhuwhorun Road and construction of Ekrovie road, Orhuwhorun, Udu Local Government Area.