…… ..Describes Delta’s multi-million dollar secretariat as a legacy from Governor Okowa
The vice president spoke Monday at the inauguration of the multi-million dollar Naira Delta secretariat named after the Asagba of Asaba, Professor Chike Edozien, and the state’s 8.5 MW Independent Power Project (IPP).
He noted that the government led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had shown courage in building infrastructure that had ensured peace, unity and development despite the real challenges facing the entire country.
He said that civil servants, who constituted the engine room of the execution of government policy, deserved a better and adequate work environment to provide effective service.
The vice president, who described Asagba as a renowned professor, said it was a well-deserved legacy for a medical professor who had made great contributions to the country.
This inauguration is historic because the headquarters of the public administration in any part of the world is usually one of the main monuments that enshrines not only power but the splendor of authority.
“This imposing complex clearly meets this requirement, at the time said building becomes a historical monument and the commissioning of this secretariat is special in at least two different ways.
The public administration and the people of Delta are being presented today with the functional, appropriate and state-of-the-art secretarial complex after many years and this is worth celebrating.
“He happens to be the oldest living professor in Nigeria in any discipline and an internationally renowned professor of medicine,” he said.
Osinbajo described the Asagba of Asaba as a bridge builder and patriot who had made sure that the people and residents of Asaba were safe and lived in peace.
He prayed that the building would be a symbol of unity and distinction that represented the personality that gave it its name.
Earlier, Okowa, who expressed his joy at the arrival of the vice president, described him as a true statesman and an unusual leader.
The new multi-million dollar Delta State Secretariat built by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
“The government and the good people of Delta State appreciate you today and always. We value their friendship, partnership and genuine interest in the advancement of our state, ”he said.
He noted that the project was a dream come true, adding that it was not challenged by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but by funding shortages that nearly caused the government to abandon the project.
“The turbulence the economy has faced since 2017 was worse with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. causing a huge fictitious disruption to the construction process, but we persevered.
He pointed out that the building, which occupied 45,000 square meters, would house there all the state ministries that would have been spent on rents.
“The 27 ministries, commissioners and permanent secretaries are housed in this secretariat with the entire secretariat interconnected through a voice and data network system,” he said.
Special Projects Commissioner Henry Sakpra said the project was conceptualized in 2016, but construction began on November 27, 2017 Construction Group.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Governor of Bayelsa and the Deputy Governor of Edo were among the dignitaries gracing the event.
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