*No alternative routes created, residents cried
By Ochei Matthew, Asaba
Ahead of 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship which will hold at Stephen Keshi Stadium along Nnebisi road, Delta state government has announced the stoppage of commuters from plying the only major road in Asaba from Wednesday, August 1st to Sunday, August 5th.
The State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) who issued a statement to that effect in Asaba, said two points along Nnebisi Road would be close down, announcing traffic diversions during the championship.
The Director General (DESTMA), Mr Stephen Dieseruvwe advised motorists and commercial vehicles to use alternative routes.
Meanwhile, the residents of Asaba and its environs have decried the inconvenience the closure would cause them, saying there is no alternative routes and the absence of such alrernative route is a failure on the part of state government.
An activist, Comrade Jude Onochie who reacted over the closure said that the government ought to have fix DLA feeder roads as alternative route to the only major road (Nnebisi road) in Asaba.
“They are not good planners, by now, DLA road supposed to have been fixed so that people going to Summit road,Awai and other places can easily access the road as they banned people from Nnebisi road which is the only major road in Asaba.
“In fact my brother, this will be another five days doom for us in Asaba especially for those that do not have cars, I don’t know how this will work for keke drivers, those that their offices and businesses are along the said banned road certainly it will bring untold hardship for these days. This competition has been fixed about a year, proper plan ought to have made since then.
“Other countries and states have been hosting competitions, they just don’t close their only major road but alternative routes will be provided not like this Delta state” he explained
Briefing journalists yesterday in Asaba, the state commissioner for works, Hon. James Augoye said that there is no plan to fix DLA road until the raining season is over.
He said ” we do not have any plans to put on hold ongoing constructions in Asaba but we will try to clean all the site in view of the championship. All the cutting roads will be completed before the competition so that our guests will feel the impact of the state capital. On DLA, we have no plan till the rain is over but there is palliative measure being put in place at the Jesus Save road to ease the sufferings of the motorists”
The commissioner said that the government is aware of recent flood that ravages some homes after the downpour of 13 17 July in Asaba, saying that the contractors handling the drainages have been asked to move to site to remedy the situation.
Mr Augoye assured Deltans that all the cut roads in Asaba causing hardship to the residents would be completed next week Wednesday before the competition commence.
He appealed to the residents to be patience with government, saying that challenges of flood would continue until the drainages are completed.