Disbursement of N3.9 billion for D-CARES program approved by Delta

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The state government’s D-CARES implementation program has been authorized by the Delta State Executive Council to distribute N3,887,277,784.66.

The World Bank has now reimbursed us twice.

During a press briefing on Friday, under the auspices of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, this was revealed by Sonny Ekedayen, the commissioner for economic planning in Delta State.

This approval was a component of Governor Oborevwori’s plan for social intervention and human capital development, according to Ekedayen, who added that the money had already been dispersed through Direct Labor, Livelihood, FADAMA, Direct Cash Transfer, and Direct Cash Transfer.

Part of the governor’s plan for social intervention and human capital development, you may confirm that certain Deltans have already been receiving warnings as we speak.

“You can expect this to be an ongoing activity. Our best guess is that NG-CARES, the Abuja-based program coordinating organization, will be conducting fresh rounds of independent verification exercises in the new year.

“We will evaluate Delta State based on our progress so far during the verification exercise, and our hope is that the state will receive some extra reimbursement,” he stated.

The commissioner expressed gratitude to Speaker Emomotimi Guwor, Chairman Marilyn Okowa-Daramola of the House Committee on Appropriation, and members of the House for the expeditious passage of the 2024 Delta State budget, which was recently signed into law by the governor.

To allow for additional infrastructure change, Ekedayen stated that the appropriation bill was increased by N10 billion prior to its signing into law.

According to him, the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) recently came in at N144 billion, up from an early estimate of N110 billion. He went on to say that there will be no problems with carrying out the state’s budget for 2024.

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The Commissioner for Works (Rural and Riverine Roads), Charles Aniagwu, informed journalists shortly after the meeting that the East-West Road will be reconstructed from Okan Junction in Okpe via Agbarho in Ughelli North.

He claims that the road project spans around 3.47 kilometers and passes through a densely populated area.

As you may remember, I had the honor of touring that corridor approximately two weeks ago with a few colleagues and ministry directors. During that visit, we also determined that this road will play a crucial role in reducing traffic congestion, especially when the flyovers surrounding PTI, DSC, and the Effurun roundabout are being built.

It was necessary for us to clean up the corridor so traffic could flow freely. Thanks to today’s meeting, we got the green light to start advertising for that specific road (Okan Junction to Agbarho to the East-West Road), which connects to the East-West Road. Efforts by the government of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to improve the state’s infrastructure include this initiative.

According to him, the executive council has also ordered the Ministry of Works (Rural and Riverine Roads) to look into the Bomadi Road after receiving complaints about how bad it was.

The bridge across the Bomadi River is already under construction, but next week they will investigate the other part of the road. By the first or second week of the new year, they hope to have the cost estimates needed to award the contract and provide the residents of that corridor with a much smoother, motorable road.

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