by Isi Esene
The Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday explained the reasons behind his government’s construction of a N6bn Government House.
He said the new Government House will ensure effective and more co-ordinated running of the affairs of the state from the same location and it would be one of his administration’s legacy to the 21-year-old state.
The governor said: “If you look at the current Government House in Asaba, you will realise that it has always been a temporary arrangement, not a permanent feature. But we cannot continue to live in a temporary accommodation. We have to do the right thing and do it well.
“Take a look at the Government House of most of the states in Nigeria and those created at the same time with Delta, you will understand that others have built permanent government houses, but we still manage a small place in Asaba,” he said.
He further explained that the state requires a befitting Government House structure which would be capable of attracting high-profile investors.
“When an investor comes to this Government House, there is a perception that he or she is going to do business with people that are serious and business-minded. We are committing to developing the state and not erecting buildings,” he said.
According to Punch Newspapers, the commissioner for Special Duties, Orezi Esievo, debunked insinuations that the Government House project was a waste of resources, saying the complex would help to co-ordinate important activities of government.