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Delta secures $40 million PPP for Songhai project

Delta Government says $40 million dollars is to be injected for the upgrade of agricultural activities at Songhai Delta in Amukpe under the Public-Private Partnership…

Delta Government says $40 million dollars is to be injected for the upgrade of agricultural activities at Songhai Delta in Amukpe under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this on Friday at Government House, Asaba, while briefing journalists on some of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Aniagwu said Songhai Delta would be upgraded in a joint venture between the state government and a consortium of firms to achieve set goals.

He added that the State Exco equally approved the upgrade of facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, for effective hosting of the 2021 National Sports Festival to be hosted in the state in November, this year.

To further provide accommodation for athletes for the Sports Festival, the Commissioner said, a 700-bed space hostel was approved for construction at the NYSC permanent orientation camp at Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.

He added that approval was given for the furnishing and equipping of the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre as well as Mother and Child Centre, Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.

In the area of roads infrastructure, Aniagwu disclosed that the State Exco approved the construction of access road to the Model Technical College, Obiaruku in Ukwuani Local Government Area as well as the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Onicha-Ugbo/Udumuje-Ugboko Road in Aniocha North.

According to him, Exco also approved the rehabilitation of internal roads in Oghara and Ofagbe, James Ezechi Road, Okpai in Ndokwa East, Achalla Ibusa Road in Oshimili North and Ilabor Road, Igbodo in Ika North-East among others.

The Commissioner added that Exco approved the furnishing and equipping of the leisure park and film village, Asaba.

In the area of empowerment and skills acquisition, he said approval was given for the third cycle of the Rural Youth Skills Acquisition Programme (RYSA) for 2022 to accommodate 810 youths in the state.

Under Delta Cares Scheme, Aniagwu said Exco approved areas one and two to take care of vulnerable groups and FADAMA project to meaningfully engage youths in partnership with the World Bank.

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