Economy

Federal roads repair not to seek refund –Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said the Delta State Government does not work on the Federal Government failed roads with the expectation getting a refund from the FG but to save the lives of the people.

Okowa, who stated this on Tuesday in Asaba while responding to a statement made by Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on the issue of refund, said the state sought for FG’s clearance to avoid clashing with it.

He said, “Why we seek FG’s permission to fix these roads is to avoid what happened last year when we wanted to fix the Asaba-Onitsha road, so this time we seek the clearance, and they gave us the go-ahead.

“Truly the projects are deeply eating into our treasury but we have no option because our people are suffering and the economic activities of the state are being affected.

“Not really because we are looking for a refund; we have a problem with the FG to fix the Asaba end of the bridgehead last year. This is to reduce the pain of our people and boost the economy of the state.”

He added, “If the FG says it cannot refund because it is not captured in the budget, what do we do, we can’t fold our arms and see people dying, properties destroyed as a result of bad road. It is left for the state to intervene or not.”

He, however, urged the Federal Government to take steps to ensure that the roads constructed over 20 years ago were reconstructed to ease the sufferings of the citizens.

On the appointees, Okowa cleared the air on the rumoured appointment of two his daughters, saying “I want state residents to know that I did not appoint two of my daughters, only one was appointed as S.A. to Governor on Girl Child and she rightly deserved it”

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