By Peter Ejiofor
Asaba – The Delta State Executive Council has approved N7.04bn (about 22.7 million dollars) for the implementation of two major projects, the establishment of an Agro-Industrial Park at Aboh Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area.
The money is also to be spent on the construction of Ayakoromo Bridge across River Forcados in Burutu Local Government Area.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, who made the disclosure on Wednesday said that the approvals were part of the decisions taken at the state Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Asaba.
Ukah said that the Agro-Industrial Park would provide common dedicated infrastructure and facilities for agro-processing, value addition and agribusiness as a means to improving the ease-of-doing business.
It will also promote economic diversification and growth of the state, including creating more than 5,000 jobs along the agricultural value chain.
According to the commissioner, the park will be executed through Public-Private Partnership between the state government, Mirai Group in Israel and Norsworthy Investments Ltd.
On the Ayakoromo Bridge, Ukah said the approval was in line with the determination of the government to link the riverine and upland communities in the state to bring about economic and social integration.
Ukah said that with the construction of the bridge, Burutu Town, which hitherto had not been accessible by road, would become a beehive of social and economic activities with vehicular movements witnessed for the very first time.
He said that the bridge would also connect other riverine communities to other parts of the state.
The Executive Council further approved the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Market and Crudas Roads, construction of Kings Street, reconstruction of Apollo/Palm Avenue and the construction of Low Cost Housing Estate Road, off Shell Road, Sapele, Sapele Local Government Council Area.
Also approved for implementation is the rehabilitation of Issele-Uku/Issele-Mkpitime/Onicha-Olona Road in Aniocha Local Government Council, Ukah said. (NAN)