By Godwin Oghre & Davies Iheamnachor
Sapele— Continuous downpour for a week now in Sapele, Delta State, has caused massive flooding in the city, forcing residents to move out from several parts of the city.
This came as most residents in the area have been groaning over what they described as “deplorable conditions of roads due to the shoddy jobs done by the contractors who handled the constructions.”
Some of the areas worst hit by the flood include, Adidi, Mcpherson, Okpe, Akintola, Reclamation, Crudas, Oriaki, Amukpe and several other roads in the metropolis, where residents have begun massive evacuation.
At Adidi axis, a community leader, Mr. Ben Tobi, said, “The state government under immediate past administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, awarded the rehabilitation of the road to a contractor during the time that Blessing Okagbare got married but the contractor did a very poor job.
“He blocked the drainage system with the concrete and stones which he scrapped from different potions of the road. He did not clear the deposits, neither did he open up the drainage system, making the road and the entire environment to be flooded each time it rains.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Rivers State Sector Command yesterday, recounted losses it suffered in the flood disaster in parts of Port Harcourt, Sunday.
The downpour on Saturday and Sunday caused floods in many parts of the state including the head office of FRSC on Aba-Port Harcourt expressway.
When Vanguard visited FRSC yesterday, activities at the command in the state could not resume as the officers were locked in a long emergency meeting summoned by the sector commander.
The corps members were later sighted carrying out sanitation exercise on the premises based on a directive from the Commander in charge of the state.
Speaking in an interview with some newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state Sector Commander, Mr. Imoh Etuk, expressed worries that his men could not go on patrol due to the incident.