Duke Extols Uduaghan’s Strides In Infrastructure

Says Delta Leisure Resorts Will be World-Class On Compleltion

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WARRI

MINISTER of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke yesterday commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his giant strides in infrastructural development in the state just as he described the upcoming Delta Leisure Resorts and Wildlife Park as world class.

The Minister who spoke yesterday at the Construction of Master Plan Presentation/Ground Breaking of Delta Leisure Resorts at Oleri site, Udu Local Government Area held that in a few years when the project will be commissioned the landscape of the Oil-rich city of Warri and the state in general will change for life.

In his words; “Your Excellency, you have set a new pace and this is the pace of visionary leader who does not wait until the natural resources of his kingdom has become completely depleted before he begins to look for new sources of wealth for the people. And that is why this is significant.”

“For the people of Warri, and  Udu Kingdom, this project is going to create jobs, hundreds of thousands of jobs and that is the beauty of entertainment that is the beauty of tourism and culture because this is the biggest economic sector in the world. It has the ability to take labour off the market, a project like this can employ everybody and when I say everybody I mean everybody whether you are a university graduate you get employment here, whether you have never gone to school unfortunately you will get job here, whether you are a dancer better go and learn how to dance well because there is job for you,” the minister said.

He added that ,“It is therefore important”, especially for our youths that this is the time for your transformation.  So, there is no need for you to go to the oil companies. This resort will provide job’s. But we must be ready to protect the assets of this resort, we must be ready to sweat because it is only in the sweat of our youths that we will realize the objectives of this project.”

According to him “I wish  to say that, indeed this is an eloquent testimony of the transformation that we talk about. The transformation in the vision of our leaders, the transformation in the opportunities that they create, the transformation in our young men and women who see new opportunities and leave the disappointment of the past and swim out into the future in other to embrace their destiny.”

Governor Uduaghan disclosed that “where we are standing now was all bush at the time the project started just over a year ago. Today place is opening up. Our dream of developing a state without oil is coming close and this is one the project that will make us not depend entirely on oil it is a project that will attract private investment into Delta state.”

He also reveled that; “Please, I want to emphasis that the project we are unveiling today is a private investment there is an agreement with the government to provide certain infrastructure and providing those infrastructure have been very challenging, the first infrastructure we have to provide was the land. And we provided the land and thought that was it. But we now needed provide access to the land and that is why this bridge and this access re-constructed by the government.”

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Mr. Richard Mofe Damijo, said that the project, when completed has the capacity of engaging thousands of youths as it would go a long way in reducing employment not only in the state but the country in general.”