Okowa completes abandoned Umutu Skills Acquisition Centre; project now set for commissioning, says Ochor-Ochor


UMUTU/Nigeria: Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is set to commission one of the state owned Skill Acquisition Centres, located in Umutu Community, Ukwuani Local Government Area, which contract was awarded long ago but abandoned over the years until the Okowa administration came in and decided to complete the project in line with its SMART Agenda programme. The contract was originally awarded during the Governor James Ibori administration.

The Executive Director, Social Services Development, Delta State oil Producing Areas
Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, made this known to newsmen when he carried out an on the spot inspection of some projects being carried out by
the commission, in the area, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

The Executive Director while inspecting the projects that includes the section B of the deflooding of the Obiaruku Market, the Perimeter fencing of the Emmanuel Uduaghan Civic Centre, in Obiaruku, the Ekpemili Primary School, Obi-Ogene, Ebedei, said that because of the
importance the governor has for human capital development, especially for the teeming youths of the state, at assumption of office, directed that the centre be transferred to the commission from the State Ministry of Youths and Sports, which was the original executor of the project.

“His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, because of his promises to the
people of Ukwuani, and his penchant to impact on the youths in the state,
skills that will help them contribute positively to the state economy,
directed the commission to take over the job from the State Ministry of
Youths and Sports”.

According to Hon Ochor, the centre has a history which spans a period of
time. “The centre has a history, which was from the Ministry of Youths and
Sports, and that phase has ended, this is another phase,” he pointed out.

While thanking the governor on behalf of the people of the local
government, for making provisions to ensure that the project is completed
said that when commissioned, it will not only be a centre of
training for basic skills that will develop human and economic capacity of
the area, but will also provide both direct and indirect employment to the
people of Umutu and other communities in the area.

“Completion of this centre will not only afford the people of this area the
opportunity to acquire the basic knowledge in skills that will help them to
leave a better life, but will also provide direct and indirect jobs for the

Hon Ochor also affirmed the readiness of DESOPADEC to continue
the provisions of the necessary solutions that will improve on the lives of the
people of the mandate area, as enshrined in the SMARTH Agenda of the
present government, which they had done since the assumption of the present

“The present board met a contract job of about N10 billion, and since our
mandate was complete and commission, we had been completing and
commissioning many of those jobs we met, and we will continue to do so for
the good of the people,” he declared.

He said the inspection of the projects were necessary so as to have first hand
information of how work is progressing, as each project embarked by the
commission is vital to the social and economic needs of the people.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Ukwuani Market Women Association, Lady Betty
Ataghoshi has commended Governor Okowa for making funds available to channel away water from the Obiaruku Main Market, which according to her had been a perennial problem to both traders and buyers.

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