This Day (Lagos)

18 February 2013

Nigeria: Delta State Terminates Asaba Stadium Contract

Delta State Government has terminated the contract for the multi-million Naira Asaba Township Stadium named after Stephen Keshi last Friday.

The State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who announced this at the Asaba Manner Prayer and Anointing Service, said he has directed that the contract be re-awarded and completed within six months.

Dr. Uduaghan explained that the contract was terminated to ensure the speedy completion of the stadium to avoid the project becoming a white elephant one.

He promised that he would complete all on-going projects and gave assurance that there would be no abandoned projects in the state before he handed over in 2015.

His words: "l have told God that l am not going to leave any abandoned project in this state. We have been having challenges with the contractors in charge of this stadium. It was about becoming an abandoned project but this will not happen because it will be completed soon."

The Delta State governor therefore invited the Founder of Our Daily Manna Devotional book who officiated at the Asaba Manna Prayer and Anointing Service, Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe to pray against the spiritual inhibition stalling the progress of the project.

Dr. Uduaghan regretted that a lot of people were hinging the slow progress of work at the stadium on what they called the cemetery issue attached to the location of the project and therefore enjoined the man of God to invoke the spirit of God on the stadium site to neutralize any negative spiritual inhibition.

The governor enjoined Deltans that instead of criticising his inadequacies they should pray to God to give him strength to enable him move the state to a higher pedestal.

He said that there was no one in the world who was perfect even as he said it was impossible to please everybody adding that pleasing the world was a thing no one had achieved.

Emphasising further he said "It is impossible to please everybody. I am not perfect, l have my weaknesses and inadequacies. So instead of criticizing me pray to God to give me the capacity to do what is proper and good for the generality of Deltans so that we can move our state forward."

Dr. Uduaghan commended Deltans for their support especially the man of God, Dr. Kwakpovwe who he described as his spiritual father for their contributions towards the economic, spiritual and socio- political development of the state.

Founder of the Daily Manna Devotional book, Dr. Kwakpovwe, commended Governor Uduaghan for the economic transformation of the state especially the construction of the airport, roads and other infra-structures.

He also commended the state governor for making it possible for the religious programme to be held in Asaba and prayed for God to protect all Deltans.

Packing sand from the Stephen Keshi's Stadium, Dr. Kwakpovwe prayed against any negative force stalling the completion of the stadium.

Highlight of the occasion was when he called out the governor and his family for prayers especially for the 25th anniversary of the marriage of the governor and his wife.

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