Obstruct Govt Projects And Lose Them

Uduaghan Tells Traditional Rulers, Youths
BY DENNIS OTU -WARRI
DEITA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan at the weekend read the riot act to traditional rulers and youths mounting undue pressure on contractors executing government projects and warned them to desist from such act or risk being denied of such projects.
Speaking to newsmen in Warri shortly after the inspection of some mega projects being executed by the state government, the governor frowned at traditional rulers and their subjects not encouraging government and contractors in the smooth execution of such projects.
The Governor, who was accompanied by the state Information Commissioner, Chike Ogeah, Esq., Mrs. Orezi Esievo, commissioner for Special Infrastructures and other top government officials made it clear that such act was not acceptable to government and he may be forced to move such projects to areas that give enabling environment for execution of projects.

He said; “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to youths, the communities and even traditional rulers to stop disturbing the contractors. I have told them that they have to be interested in the projects in the communities because when the traditional ruler is the cause of disruption of project in a community, it is not very nice.”
“When you are putting undue pressure on contractors for mone,y whether as a youth, a community leader or a chief, it is not good enough. We will continue to appeal to them but when we find out that a community is giving us problems, we are going to remove the project from the community and move it to another place. I can use security to complete all my projects but it is important that the communities have ownership of the projects. If the communities fail to assume ownership of the projects it,” of course I will have to move the project to another community and I will tell the world why I moved,” the Governor said.
According to him, “We have a road project that is going on in one of our communities and the traditional ruler is asking for so much money from the contractor. This is not acceptable. In some other places, especially in Delta North, you will see communities assisting in completing the projects. But here, undue pressure is being mounted on contractors, as if they are doing us a favour.
If there is a school in this community, it is not my child that will attend the school; it is the children of the community that will attend the school.
The hospital that is being built; it is not my child that will attend the hospital. It is the community people that will attend the hospital. So for whatever project we are doing, it is in the interest of the community and so it is not acceptable that communities should be disturbing projects.
I am appealing to the youths now but if any youth continue to disturb any project, we are going to find other ways to handle the youths and such projects.”
Inspecting the Multi Billion Naira Leisure Park at Oleri in Udu Local Government Area, the governor expressed satisfaction at the level of work and assured of I’st early completion, saying that ; “By the time we finished it will attract a lot of persons, it will empower a lot of people.
It will empower over five thousand persons. It will attract a lot of persons because it is a place of leisure.
Our correspondent reports that Governor Uduaghan inspected the Ikengbuwa Primary School, Ajamimogha , Isibovbe Primary School, Ekurode Urhobo, Agbeje Primary School, Ugbuwangue, Yonwuren College, Warri, Central Hospital, Warri, Alderstown School for the deaf, Warri, Calvagina Pirmary School, Warri, Hussey College, Warri, Olodi Primary School, Warri, Maternal Care Centre (MCC), Ekpan, Delta Leisure Resorts, Oleri and Igbogidi Primary School in Udu local government area of the state.