By Michael EKOKORUWE:
The president general of Isoko development union, high chief Iduh Amadhe, has expressed displeasure and decried the plight Isoko nation is going through over the excavated portion of Iyede / Ughelli road as the contractor is yet to complete the re- construction of the road project as promised.
Speaking to newsmen on the bad state of the road after accessing the present stage of work, Amadhe said, Oghara – Iyede, Ekiugbo – Iyede and Eboh – Iyede link and internal roads have all been destroyed due to heavy trucks plighting the road as the major Iyede/Ughelli road has been cut off.
He noted that, Isoko people are not happy at the state of the road even as he was informed of mass protests of all the villagers around Iyede axis due to the destruction of all the link and internal roads in the area by heavy traffic of vehicles.
The president general condemned the company failure to provide enough equipment, men and materials to complete the road project as economic life of the people have been destroyed and commuters groaning over the bad state of the road.
Amadhe called on the project director to invite the contractor for a meeting at Isoko Unity House to factor out immediate solution on the completion of the road project.
On his part, the project director, hon Onuoseke Sonny assured of completing the road before Sunday this week as more equipment and materials are on the way. He said, the volume of work ongoing is massive and the company will not fail Isoko people and the State government.
In another development, the president general of Isoko Development Union, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, has appealed to the director monitoring of project to CCC company hon. Onuoseke Sonny during a meeting at Isoko Unity house to inform the governor of Delta State Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on the maintainance of the internal link roads within Iyede community that has been damaged by heavy trucks and other heavy duty vehicles plieghing constantly on the road.
He also appealed to all illustrious sons of Isoko and Urhobo both in government and private sector to rise up to the challenge of the impending danger the road posses to Isoko people even as the movement of people from Asaba axis, Portharcourt and Warri axis has become an embarrassment to the government and entire Isoko nation.
While responding, hon. Onuoseke said, the governor is aware of the state of the road as he passes the road often to Warri and other area of Delta Central. Onuoseke noted that the maintenance of the internal link roads will be fixed by the contractor of the project in collaboration with the ministry of works Delta State, stressing that the internal link roads were not original part of the re – construction of the road project.
He maintained that the paucity of funds contributed to the delay in early completion of the project, adding that slight management change and earth moving equipment maintenance in the cause of waiting for funds added to delay of completing the road as promised. Onuoseke assured that the completion of the road project is now a priority to the contractor and the staff of the company due to the suffering of commuters on the road.