Woman, 70, Lauds Mrakpor, Says Asaba now looks like California

Mrs. Osakwe and Hon. Mrakpor

By Ngozi Fortune Onwordi

An Asaba based business woman, Mrs. Pauline Osakwe, who deals on lube and auto parts along Dennis Osadebey Way, Asaba has likened the new look of Asaba to the state of California in the USA.

The septuagenerian made this statement earlier Tuesday when she paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), Hon. Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, at her office along Anwai Road, Asaba.

Mrs. Osakwe had earlier been approached by the director general during the environmental enforcement exercise and she admitted that her perimeter fence encroached onto the setback. She then pleaded with Hon. Mrakpor for time to remove the structure.
Few weeks after removing the structure, Mrs. Osakwe paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General, bearing gifts to thank her for her efforts in restoring Asaba to a status befitting of a state capital.

In her words, "I recently returned to Asaba from my visit to California when Mrs. Mrakpor and her team came for the enforcement exercise and today, Asaba looks like what you see in California."

"It used to take up to two hours to drive from Abraka Market to Ogbeogonogo Market but now, you can close your eyes and drive to Ogbeogonogo in 10 mins.
"I am proud of what the Agency has achieved in such a short time and anybody who is speaking against them is speaking against God," she said.

Mrs. Mrakpor received the gift of Ankara fabrics and thanked Mrs. Osakwe for the kind gesture. "I am amazed by the show of love and support from Deltans and residents of the capital territory," the she stated, adding that her visit holds great significance to the Agency.
''Your gesture inspires us and challenges us to redouble our efforts. We are truly encouraged by your kind words and I promise we will not relent until a new culture of protecting the environment is enthroned,'' Mrs. Mrakpor said.
She urged Mrs. Osakwe to join in the task of reorientating residents of Asaba, noting that it has got to the point where obeying environmental rules should be a way of life and not a matter of compulsion.

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