The Delta State Government is to partner with the Army to build bridges and other infrastructures. The state government would also provide funds while the Engineering Corps would execute bridge and road projects in rural areas, particularly the creeks.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed Wednesday in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, during the closing ceremony of a free medical service programme initiated by the Joint Task Force (JTF) and a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Rural Africa Health Initiative (RAHI).

Uduaghan praised the Army and RAHI for the health programme, which was partly financed by the state government. He told the Chief of Defense Staff, General Andrew Azazi, who performed the closing ceremony that his administration was willing to partner with the military in the development of infrastructure.

Uduaghan, who commended the Commander of the JTF, Major General Lawrence Ngubane, for the restoration of peace, solicited the army’s assistance in sustaining the peace through massive infrastructural development.

He said: “We (Delta State) want to appeal to you (Azazi) that the military is full of competent human resources who are the best in their chosen fields. We want to avail ourselves of the opportunity provided by these skilled Nigerians in meeting some of our needs.

“We are ready to partner with the military in handling some of our needs, especially in bridge building and infrastructure development. Infrastructure development is one of the key points of our agenda and we are willing to partner with engineers from the military in this regard,” the governor said.

Governor Uduaghan noted that because of the nature of their operations, Army engineers are equipped to build emergency bridges and other infrastructure under trying circumstances. He said such expertise should be placed at the disposal of the state.

Earlier, General Azazi hailed Governor Uduaghan for his determination to develop the state and assured him that the military would help him.

“The Governor (Uduaghan) is a good man and we are enjoying his goodness. I want to assure that the military is determined to help Nigerians to make the country, a better place for everybody,” he said.
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