By Ochuko Akuopha
OLEH—The Commissioner representing Isoko ethnic nationality on the board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Mr. Joseph Ogeh, said yesterday that the commission did not abandon the Eriye Avenue Road project in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area, as insinuated by the community.
It will be recalled that residents of Oleh community had weekend, embarked on a protest against non-completion of the road project, which they alleged was abandoned by the contractor after he allegedly received over N50 million part payment.
Reacting to the protest, Ogeh, in a statement by his media Assistant, Mr. Godspower Abiegbe, said that the project was earlier awarded in 2008, adding that it was one of the abandoned projects inherited by the current board of the commission in 2011.
He said that in his plan to develop the Isoko nation, he re-awarded the contract to ensure that the people of the area enjoyed the dividends of democracy.
He said that the project had not been abandoned, explaining that the commission was still owing the contractor large sum of money even though he been partly paid.