Delta lawmakers commend Gov. Okowa over new secretariat project
The Delta House of Assembly Committee on Housing and Women Development has applauded the seven-floor new secretariat building project being built by the state government.
Mr Ferguson Onwo, Committee Chairman, gave the commendation when members of the committee visited the project site, located on Mariam Babangida Way, to inspect the level of work on the multi-billion Naira edifice on Wednesday in Asaba.
Onwo and other members of the committee were conducted round the project by the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Government House, Chief Henry Siakpra.
He said that the inspection was part of the oversight functions of the state legislature.
The lawmaker, who is representing Isoko South II Constituency in the state Assembly, described the new secretariat building as massive, saying that funds appropriated for the project are being well utilized by the state government.
Onwo said that the committee was impressed by the quality of work on the project, noting that the timely execution and standard reached are unique because the project met the expectations of the state assembly.
He commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his visionary leadership and commitment to leave lasting legacies in the state.
The State Commissioner, Special Duties, Government House, Chief Henry Siakpra, said the new secretariat building is a one-stop shop, disclosing that the project started towards the end of the first tenure of the Okowa administration.
Siakpra told the lawmakers that work on the project was at the completion stage, saying that installations of furniture and fittings, ICT facilities, electrification and other finishing touches were being completed to enable the contractor to hand over the site for occupation.
The commissioner explained that the project was embarked upon by the state government to provide a good working environment for its workforce and save money for the state as the government is spending so much on rented office accommodations.
Siakpra thanked the committee members for the visit and called for sustained synergy towards the delivery of more dividends of democracy in the state.
The lawmakers were taken round most of the several sections of the new secretariat building, which included offices for different categories of workers, the clinics, the crèche, the Information and Technology Center (ICT), the restaurants, and the drivers’ waiting rooms amongst others.
They were also showed the entire designs of the public building, the various exit points and the progress of work on the parking lots. (NAN)
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