The senator representing Delta North in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment at ensuring that projects are completed within stipulated time frame and to specification.
Dr. Okowa gave the assurance during an unscheduled inspection visit to the project site of the multi-billion naira NCC Digital Bridge Institute, located at Ugbolu, near Anwai, in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, which he facilitated.
The lawmaker, while expressing satisfaction with the pace and level of work so far done, noted that the institute when completed and put into use, would boost the manpower requirement in the Nigerian communications industry.
“We are hopeful that when completed and eventually operational, the NCC Digital Bridge Institute, will not only train needed manpower for the country’s communications industry, it will also create employment for our people as well as increase social and economic activities in the host community and its environs, thereby bringing a lot of benefits to our people,” he stated.
While acknowledging that the terrain on which the institute was being built was challenging, he, however, maintained that the seeming undulating topography would help in accentuating and giving a better aesthetic beauty to the institution when completed.
The architect-in-charge of the project, Chima Okigbo, and the site engineer, Williams Egbele, while briefing the senator on the level of job so far done, assured that the project, being handled by Azaka Nigeria Limited, would be completed within stipulated time, and that quality job would be delivered.
They however, disclosed that they were able to overcome the initial challenge of dealing with a difficult terrain, but noted that having passed that stage the job was moving on smoothly, adding that they were optimistic of completing the project on schedule.
They noted that, “ For Delta State to have an institute of such magnitude and significant national importance is a big plus to the state and the people.”
Other areas inspected by Senator Okowa, included the administrative block, auditorium, classrooms, laboratories, clubhouse, students’ hostels, canteen and maintenance block among other structures.