Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday, said Asaba Leisure Park and Film Village being executed by his administration would be ready for inauguration in February, 2022.
Speaking at his quarterly interaction with newsmen at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, the governor said that the delivery timeline for the project was shifted from December, 2021 to February, 2022 because of fluctuations in exchange rate.
According to him, many of the equipment required for the Leisure Park and Film Village are coming from overseas, and fluctuations in foreign exchange rate have obviously delayed the delivery of the job.
The governor expressed appreciation to the media for being good partners to his administration, and said “we have continued to stay on course in our promises to Deltans.
“We wish that we would have moved a little faster than we are doing at the moment but unfortunately, our resources are dwindling more and more every day.
“However, we have continued to ensure that the projects we already have ongoing, would be delivered.
“One of the major projects is the Asaba Leisure Park and Film Village. Unfortunately, there is a shift on the date of delivery.
“It was supposed to be completed in December but it has been shifted to February, 2022. This is because of the fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Foreign Exchange rate.
“Many of the equipment required are coming from overseas. So, the fluctuations in the exchange rate have obviously delayed the delivery of the job,” the governor said.
Apart from the “Prof. Chike Edozien State Secretariat Complex’’ inaugurated on Monday by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Okowa said that there were many other key projects being executed by his administration.
He said that work on sectors C1 and C2 of Asaba/Ughelli road dualisation was still on course, and pointed out that the contracting firm, CCECC Nigeria Ltd., had informed him that Asaba to Ogwashi-Uku stretch of the road would be delivered in April, 2022.
He also said that work on the inter-change at Koka junction on the Asaba-Onitsha highway had started, and that the project was conceived to ease traffic in the area.
On the three new universities in the state, Okowa said after the resource inspection of facilities at the universities by a team from the National Universities Commission (NUC), approval was given for the commencement of academic activities in the schools by the Commission.