·       AsUduaghan tells contractors to speed up work

Delta State Governor, Dr.Emmanuel Uduaghan has announced that his administration has taken delivery of100 buses and 130 speed boats (water buses) to mitigate the effect of theremoval of fuel subsidy and make transportation cheap for Deltans.

The Governor whodisclosed this yesterday in Asaba while inspecting the buses assured  Deltans that the de-regulation in the oilsector would in the long run be better for Nigerians, recalling thecommunication industry deregulation and how Nigerians are better off today withthe GSM telephone system.

He said though thederegulation of the oil sector has some painful challenges, petroleum products wouldat the end be cheap and tolerable

“Let’s look atwhere we are coming from and where we are going and see the difference especiallygiven our experience in the communication industry,” he said.

The Governor expressedthe hope that prices would eventually come down when more refineries are built.

He promised that theState Government would work round the clock to cushion the effects of thederegulation and assured Deltans that transportation would be cheap in thestate since fares are subsidized up to 50% in the state.

Answering questions fromreporters, Governor Uduaghan said that contactors handling projects for thestate have no excuse not being on site after the festive period, addingthat contractors were paid over N15billion last December.

He said because of theencouragement given to the contractors, those who did not go back to site thisweek would be deemed to have abandoned their projects

“I am expecting contractors executinggovernment projects to return to site. We paid them N15billion before Christmasand I believe they have no reason not to go back to site this week,” hesaid.

He explained that themoney paid was to accelerate work adding that since the weather was nowconducive, contractors should on their part meet the targets set.

On the Madalla Churchbombing, he preached love, peace and religious tolerance and assured Nigeriansthat the Federal Government was on top of the security challenges facing thecountry

Dr Uduaghan said therewas nothing that would change the destiny of the country explaining that thedifferent ethnic groups that make up Nigeria were brought together by God for apurpose and so allayed fears of any threat to the nation’s unity.