Delta State Governor, Rt Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Friday, said his administration is planning to revamp the Warri Township Stadium into a world class sports facility.
Speaking when he received members of the National Assembly from the state, led by Hon. Nicholas Mutu, on a victory and solidarity visit at Government House, Asaba, Governor Oborevwori said the designs for the new stadium was currently ongoing and would be one of the best in the country when completed.
While thanking the Federal lawmakers for the solidarity visit, the Governor pointed out that his administration had recorded appreciable progress in the past eight months, assuring that more developments await Deltans with the court cases now put to rest.
Governor Oborevwori said: “I am very happy receiving you today as you have come to congratulate us not just me for all the victories, most especially the Supreme Court victory, having survived 38 cases.
“To God alone be all the glory. This has soften my heart more to continue to serve God. Deltans displayed the organic love they have for me when we got the Supreme Court victory. There was no local government were people did not celebrate the victory.
“You people have come together as one and not as a party. We must be one because that is the only way we can advance Delta State.
“In the past eight months we have initiated some projects and we have also consolidated on the old ones we inherited despite the difficulty in funding projects at this time.
“We have brought in the best construction company to Delta State, Julius Berger because we want nothing but the best for Deltans.
“We awarded them a contract of N78 billion, they have mobilised to site and already working and we are also maintaining some access roads within Warri and environs to reduce traffic during the construction work.
“The road from Sapele through Adagbrasa is completed and awaiting inauguration. We are also working on the road from Okan junction to Agbarho to link the East-West Road so that when you are coming from Benin and you are going to Ughelli or Port-Harcourt, you don’t have to get to the Effurun roundabout to reduce the traffic in that area.
“I am very sure because I know the capacity of Julius Berger, so I am convinced that they will deliver the projects within 27 months. We have fully mobilised them with 25 percent of the contract sum and they are already working.
“We are also working on revamping the Warri stadium. They are already working on the designs and once the designs are ready we will come up with a very standard stadium that will be one of the best in this country when completed.
“I want to continue to count on your support because we must be united, that is the only way that will bring peace and more unity for us in Delta State.
“When there is peace, there will be more developments. So we need more peace and unity and we will continue to work together whether in the National Assembly or here in the State House of Assembly.
“We will continue to collaborate to ensure we give our people the best as we have promised. But in all, we give God thanks for these achievements and for these victories.”
Earlier, Hon. Victor Nwokolo who spoke on behalf of the delegation said they were at Government House to congratulate the Governor on his victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, “we have come here to identify with you as your representatives in the National Assembly to thank God for what He has done for us here in Delta.
“We are here to rejoice with you on your victory and to thank God for what he has done for us because a lot of stories were involved. But thank God because only God can give power and what God has done, no man can change.
“When God gives you truly no man can upturn it. Like the Bible said, many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivered them all.
“It is on record that nobody has ever gone through what you went through but we are most grateful that at all times the finger of God was very visible.
“On that note we are here to rejoice and identify with you, to tell you that we are praying with you and we will keep praying for the peace of Delta State.
“All of us here are fully happy with your victory and we identify very strongly with the decision of God through the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”
Members of the delegation included; Hon. Julius Pondi, (Burutu Federal Constituency); Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi, (Warri Federal Constituency); Hon. Ejiroghene Francis Waive, (Ughelli/Udu Federal Constituency); Hon. Ben Etanebene, (Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency); Hon. Ngozi Okolie, (Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency) and Hon. Nnamdi Ezechi, (Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency).