The Majority Whip of the State House seventh Assembly representing Ika South Constituency, Hon. Festus Okoh, also known as, Chuky Dandy, has inspected State school construction projects approved for Ika South Local Government Area.
The exercise embarked by the lawmaker as part of his oversight function, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, had him inspected the reconstruction of a Six classrooms building at Itameze Primary School, Emuhu, and a three classrooms building with attached toilet facilities at Ekuku-Agbor Primary School, both in Agbor.
During the inspection at Itameze Primary School, it was discovered that about seven bags of cements were stolen by some yet to be identified persons who broke into a classroom where the items were kept by the engineers.
Meanwhile, work at both schools were at a favourable pace as workers were enthused to have the project completed and delivered within a short period of time.
The lawmaker in his assessment, noted that works at both schools are being done to specifications.
He explained that the constituency projects were captured in the Delta State Government 2020 budget, acknowledging that it was aimed at giving the community a befiting school structure for their children and wards to learn.
“I am impressed with the pace of the project, and as you can see, the contractors have their BOQ to work within specifications. I am not an engineer, but from what I have seen, I think the site engineers are working to specifications. However, as the job progresses, engineers from the ministry will come to have a properly check of the work done,” he added.
He reassured constituents of government spread of democracy dividends while urging the communities to cooperate with the engineers for the smooth execution of the projects.
“Stealing of materials meant for the project is not a good thing for the community as the project is for your own good. Hence, you have to do the needful in order to encourage the workers and government.
Speaking to newsmen, the Headmistress of Itameze Primary School, Mrs. Mabel Ajuebon, thanked the state government for coming to their aid.
She said the school structures with over 200 pupils, was nothing to write home about as they were in bad shapes.
She expressed satisfactory on the pace of the job, and in the same vein prayed God to bless the state purse to enable her do more projects for the people.
She also appreciated Chuky Dandy whose effort, according to the Headmistress, encouraged the quick commencement of the school project.
On his part, the site engineer of Ekuku-Agbor Primary School project, Deacon Abraham Akpotor, assured that work will be completed in four weeks, positing that materials needed for the completion of the 3 classrooms block are on ground.
He lauded the lawmaker, saying that his inspection visit will give a boost to the success of the project.
“Chuky Dandy’s visit shows that he holds the project to a high esteem, and as such, he is a good representative,” he added.
An elite of Agbor kingdom, Mr. Echi Obue, who joined Chuky Dandy in the inspection exercise, thanked him for attracting such a people oriented project to the communities. But as Oliver twist would always ask for more, he encouraged the lawmaker to intensify effort. He congratulated the benefiting communities.
Chuky Dandy while inspecting the work at Itameze Primary School