…Says Delta State has No Land for Cattle Colony.
By Michael Odiah
The Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State Governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu has said that the State Government inherited lots of burdens from the old and analogue pension scheme, as workers were not contributing their own quota at the time of its existence.
Aniagwu stated this on Tuesday, January 23,2017 during a media parley with members of the Indigenous Correspondents Chapel (ICC) of the Delta State Council, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the Chapel’s Secretariat, stressing that the State Government now has to go an extra mile to pay for a back log of N25bn, “the payments are being made in tranches as it will be a very huge blow to the government if paid at once mostly in this time of recession”.
While highlighting the achievements of the Okowa administration, the CPS disclosed that the Asaba Stadium project is at top gear and to be completed by April/May of this year, adding that the DLA, Jesus Saves and environs 10 feet diameter drainage system is also at top gear, with asphalt tarring to commence after the drainage project is completed.
Mr Aniagwu further said that the Okowa government is not ready to watch contractors enrich themselves at the expense of Deltans, noting that the State Government has gone ahead to set up an anti-corruption team to checkmate the activities of contractors in the state, taking cognizance of Easy Quest Nigeria Limited, a company owned by Chief Ayiri Emami who is to refund the sum of N800million to the State Government for failing to deliver the contract awarded to it. He further disclosed that SETRACO is to take over construction works of the Asaba Airport project as ULO Consultants Limited has officially pulled out.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary has revealed that the State does not have a plot of land for cattle colony, but is open to the policy of ‘live and let’s live’ system but not anywhere near the issue of colonization, adding that any platform that allows harmless living cum legitimate business is welcomed by the Governor Okowa administration.
Aniagwu commended the members of ICC for their positive exemplary professional practice which has been a true representation of journalism as a noble and ethical profession, noting that the current status quo of the Chapel is one to reckon with.