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Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel has said that the Delta Leisure and Theme Park, Oleri in Udu Local Government Area, will provide employment opportunities for over 5,000 unemployed Deltans when completed.

Dr. Uduaghan who stated this Monday when he was conducted round the site by the Project Supervisor, Princess Abiodun Oyefusi during an inspection visit of the progress of work said on completion, the Park would provide direct employment to over 5,000 persons in the state while others would get indirect employment from the various businesses that would shoot up from the park?s operations.

The Governor who said that he was impressed with the progress and pace of work done so far reiterated government?s commitment to the completion of the project, saying ?I am very happy that the firm carrying out the execution of the Park started earlier than expected; I am impressed with them and we will continue to give them the needed support. I am encouraged by the pace of work so far and I can say that, so far, so good.?

Dr. Uduaghan added: ?I am praying that this project comes to fruition as it is expected to employ about 5,000 persons directly on completion, aside others that will make money from its operations indirectly.?

Governor Uduaghan, who was also at the Nigerian Gas Company Ltd (NGC), opposite the DSC, Aladja, explained that the Park will be gas driven, hence his visit to the plant.

?We are going to discuss with NGC, a subsidiary of the NNPC on the possibility of supplying gas to the Park because it is going to be gas driven. We are also going to sit down with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on how to use their facilities to ship in equipment needed at the Park,? he stated.

Project Supervisor of Sarner PFM, the firm executing the project, Princess Abiodun Oyefusi told the Governor the stage of the reclamation of land has been completed and first phase of construction will start in September.

While saying that the first stage of infrastructure would gulp about 290 Million Dollars, including the Wild Life Park at Ogwashi-Uku, she assured of speedy execution of the project.

?We are commencing the first phase of construction in the upland in September which will include the construction of catering villa, three star hotels and the electric fence,? she said.

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