By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha
ASABA – NIGERIA Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta State Council, has urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to declare a state of emergency on Okpanam Road in the Asaba capital territory, which it said had been under construction for over eight year without completion.
It described the state of road, particularly the Okpanam axis, as “an embarrassment to the Asaba capital territory and counterproductive to the promotion of the numerous road projects embarked upon and completed by the government of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa” .
The state council of the union, in a statement by its Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and Secretary, Comrade Churchill Oyowe, advised Okowa to revoke the contract
and give it to a competent contractor.
The statement noted that Okpanam Road was “Too strategic to the Asaba capital territory to be left at the pace the work has been going on”, blaming the poor state of the road on incompetence of the contractor handling the project.
Lamenting the “inconsistent progression of the work”, the statement noted that observation over the years indicated that “whenever the contractor made two steps forward, the flood would drag the progress backward by three steps”
Saying that work had stopped for some time now in the construction of the road, the statement lamented that with the
rainy season set to enter its peak period, “the progress made in recent time before the stoppage of work might come under serious threat as experienced in the past.”
Commending Okowa for the massive award of road contracts across the lenght and breadth of State, and the completion of some, the union, once again, congratulated him on his overwhelming victory 9 March governorship election, wishing him greater success in the second tenure.