The Delta State House of Assembly has approved the request of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for an upward review of the fund for the construction of the new Central Secretariat Complex by N2.2 billion.
The Governor’s request was contained in a letter sent to the House and read by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori at Tuesday’s plenary.
According to the letter, Okowa said the state executive council had approved an upward review of the contract for the construction of the new Central Secretariat Complex undertaken by North China Construction Nigeria Limited by N2.2 billion.
He said due to the urgency in bringing all ministries, departments and agencies under one roof to reduce the cost of governance, it became necessary to complete the project in record time by ensuring adequate funding bearing in mind its importance as one of the flagship projects of the present administration.
The Governor noted that the state executive council at its meeting which held on May 21, 2019, considered and approved the term loan financing of the upward review to the sum of N2.2 billion.
The Deputy Speaker, Ochor Ochor moved separate motions for the consideration and approval of the upward review and it was seconded by Emeka Nwaobi and Reuben Izeze.
However, the governor has denied the allegation that he is the contractor of the new secretariat.
Okowa said, “There has been a rumour that Okowa is the contractor handling the new secretariat, and I keep telling people I’m not the contractor but wish I’m the one. I must be a good contractor because the contractor handling that project is doing well”
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