The Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has promised the people of Imo state of it’s intent to resume works on all pending projects in the state.
This is just hours after the new Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma took over from his predecessor Emeka Ihedioha who was ousted by the Supreme Court.
According to the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr Olusade Adesola, the Federal Government would prioritise the projects so as to enable it make efficient use of available resources.
Speaking with newsmen in Owerri on Friday after a two-day inspection of projects, Adesola further stated that projects were for the whole state rather for the oil-producing communities.
He said: “We thank our host communities for their support and we assure them that our minister, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, will not compromise quality even with very limited resources. “We will continue to prioritise through the process of budgeting and when funds are made available, activities at project sites will resume immediately. “The contractors are doing a good job even as we are making effective use of available resources so as to make maximum impact within the confines of our resources. “Some communities and corporate organisations have expressed their interest to manage some of our projects and where we evaluate and discover that there is credible expression of interest, we will not hesitate to hand over the projects to them,’’ he said.
The inspected projects include the rehabilitation of the Okpuala – Igwuruta and Owerri – Elele roads. Others are the skills acquisition centre at Egbema and housing estate, Umuagwo both in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area (LGA) and the Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre at Osuiche in Oguta LGA.