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Governor Oborevwori and Delta APC Engage in Accusations Over N77 Billion Road Projects


Governor Oborevwori and Delta APC Engage in Accusations Over N77 Billion Road Projects

In a brewing controversy, the allocation of four major road projects to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC in the cities of Warri and Effurun has become a focal point of contention between Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State. Governor Oborevwori revealed a cumulative contract sum of N77,997,159,339.91 for the projects, emphasizing a commitment to completing them within 27 months.

However, the Delta State APC Publicity Secretary, Valentine Onojeghuo, accuses Oborevwori of inflating the project cost by a staggering N50 billion. Dismissing the governor’s completion timeline, APC alleges that, akin to previous instances under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government, the projects may extend beyond eight years.

During the groundbreaking ceremony in Warri, Governor Oborevwori outlined the four projects: a flyover bridge from Enerhen Junction, Effurun, to Marine Warri; a three-quarter Cloverleaf interchange at the existing Effurun flyover bridge with two pedestrian bridges in Effurun; a flyover bridge at PTI Junction along the Effurun-Patani (East/West) Highway; and a flyover at the DSC roundabout. These strategic initiatives aim to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance vehicular movement in key areas.

APC, however, raises alarm bells, asserting that the multi-billion-naira flyover project is not only deceptive but a means to siphon over N50 billion from Delta State. The party, through a press statement by Valentine Onojeghuo, questions the validity of the estimated cost, arguing that three flyovers covering less than 1,500 meters and the expansion of the NPA-DSC expressway should not accumulate to N79 billion.

Onojeghuo further accuses Oborevwori’s administration of perpetuating economic malpractice, akin to his predecessor Ifeanyi Okowa, contending that the state is being defrauded for the second consecutive term. As the dispute unfolds, the fate of these infrastructure projects hangs in the balance amid conflicting narratives from the governor and the opposition.


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