By Ifeanyi Olannye
Mr Bukola Saraki, former President of the Senate, has lauded the rate of transformations in Asaba, Delta capital.
Saraki, a former governor of Kwara, made the remarks while inaugurating the 4.17 kilometres Direct Labour (DLA) Road on Friday in Asaba.
The former federal lawmaker also said “Asaba is fast becoming a viable and vibrant commercial city’’.
Other projects inaugurated included a 760-pupils capacity primary school in Asaba, executed by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration.
Saraki noted that Asaba, which used to be just a capital city, has witnessed lots of infrastructural development under the current administration.
He added that the infrastructure would greatly impact the citizenry.
He advised the people to maintain the infrastructure and sustain them.
The future of Nigeria, he said, will depend on quality infrastructure.
According to him, infrastructural development shows the state government is the commitment to human capital development.
“Today, as you go round, Asaba is becoming visible and vibrate commercial city.
“Roads and schools are what you can see, touch and feel to know that the government is performing,’’ Saraki said.
On his part, Gov. Okowa thanked Saraki for honouring his invitation to inaugurate the projects.
He said that the state government was under pressure to build more public primary and secondary schools to meet the educational demand in the state capital.
He also said that the road construction and rehabilitation of adjoining streets had become necessary “to decongest the heavy traffic along the busy Nnebisi Road’’.
He said that his administration was under pressure to build more public schools in the state capital because of the population explosion.
“But unfortunately, we don’t have enough land.
“However, we have continued to utilise every space that we can find to provide public schools,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Okowa as saying.
He thanked the commissioners of the supervisory ministries for delivering a quality project.
The governor then urged the teachers and pupils to ensure discipline and productivity.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the new school was a matter of necessity to meet the demand for primary education.
According to Ukah, the school project is a one-storey building with 19 classrooms and has the capacity to accommodate 760 pupils at an average of 40 pupils per class with the state of art facilities.