SAPELE/Nigeria: Residents of Sapele in Delta State have appealed to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Delta State Government to prevail on contracting firms handling roads network in the city to do standard jobs or quit.
A cross section of the people in the city who spoke to journalists with regards to the massive road construction going on in the area bemoaned the shoddy jobs and substandard materials been used by some of the contractors handling some of the projects in the area.
Mr. Ufuoma Okiemute, Mrs. Oghenedoro Eseoghene, Chief Jolomi Omasan, who bared their minds on the poor state of some of the work going on in Sapele, called on government and its agencies to advice the contractor handling Okpe road, which is one of the major roads in Sapele City to do a standard job on that road or stop whatever they are doing in that road.
The trio who spoke in an emotion lading voice, said “You journalists should go to the beginning of Okpe road from Ajogodo end to see the level of damage caused to the already existing road by the contractors, we want to believe that they still have another couch in mind they want to lay in what they have done already, if not what they have done already is a mess”.
Mr. Ufuoma Okiemute stated, “for instance, you can go to Ikomi, Akintola road, old Ogorode road etc to see for yourself what they said they have done there in terms of road construction. By all standards, road construction or rehabilitation should stand the test of time and survive for years just like the previous once done by Ogbemudia in the then old Bendel State. My friends, tell me what they have done can it survive for the next 6 months”.
Chief Jolomi Omasan, however commended the federal government/Delta State government for the massive road construction and other developmental projects going on in Sapele, appealing that government should monitor all its projects closely so that standard jobs are maintained at the end of the day.
He also appealed to government and its agencies to extend the same gesture to Shell road and other axis that are currently experiencing poor network of roads so that the residents there will be carried along like other settlers in the city.