The Delta State Ministry of Works is one of the technical arms of government responsible for the construction, supervision, certification, monitoring, maintenance and regulation of all government projects relating to Civil Engineering works. These include: Road Construction, Bridges, Flood Control System and Erosion Control facilities.
These functions are carried out by the various Departments of the Ministry namely: Highways, Urban and Rural roads, Road Maintenance: Drainage and Sewerages.
In this regard, the Ministry’s main objective is to provide an effective sustainable road network to enhance effective sustainable road network to enhance effective transportation and communication statewide.
Since the inception of the first civilian administration in the State, the Ministry of Works has over the years maintained policy continuity through the transformation of urban centres, by providing good road network that will enhance effective flow of human and material traffic as well as enhance social, political and economic development.
The Ministry has also integrated the remote rural and riverine communities to the urban centres through the construction of bridges. This has received a boost since the year 1999 to date.
The Ministry has also within these periods provided effective drainage system that will protect roads, enhance de-flooding especially in Asaba; the State Capital, the riverine and coastal communities, construction of jetties to facilitate riverine communication.
However, the year 2007 brought a complete revolution of the Ministry’s policies as it relates to infrastructural development, through the massive construction of good road network, the dualization of the Asaba-Ughelli highway and the Asaba International Airport project. The Ministry has also within this period embarked on providing street lights for roads and major streets within Asaba and Warri metropolis.
This administration has not only maintained continuity in infrastructural development, it has taken it a step further by embarking on project that requires enormous funds and would transform the lives of its citizens.
Finally, the various civilian administrations have through the Ministry of Works continued to improve transportation and communication, enhanced road security through reduction of waste and improved management and evacuation of agricultural produce from the rural areas. It has also improved accessibility of areas and enhanced economic growth in line with the State Government’s three point agenda.
The need for continuity on a long term basis has been further strengthened in the present administration’s Vision 2020 plans.