…Death Traps Scare Hit Motorists
…Weeds, Rodents Take Over Road
…Contractor Allegedly Abscond With N26m Contract’s Fund
Residents of Bonsac community in Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State have protested an alleged 18 years abandoned of their road network, and accused the state government of insensitivity to infrastructural developments.
Investigation revealed that the entire Bonsac community along the Asaba/Onitsha Expressway hitherto suffers untold hardship of the absence of infrastructural development, particularly good road network, maternity/primary health center, water and constant power supply.
But the protesting residents yesterday armed with placards; “Govt. attend to our road problem, rainy season has come, for 18 years now our road has been abandoned, Okowa we need your attention here in Bonsac” decried the alleged nonchalant act of the successive governments including the present administration of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, threatening that within 21 days if steps are not taken to address the deplorable road problem, they might be forced to block the entrance to Government House.
Leader of the protesters, Arinze Chukuma who spoke to our reporter, said the poor condition of the road had brought to its residents unbearable pains, particularly during rainy season when the entire road will be flooded.
He alleged that several houses have collapsed in the past 18 years of its abandoned, disclosing that the community’s elders attempts to draw government’s attention to their predicaments proved abortive, especially in their recent to see Governor Ifeanyi Okowa where security agents allegedly drove them away.
Further investigation revealed that the abandoned road currently overgrown with weeds and taken over by rodents, had shut out its residents for bubbling economic activities as many of them trek long distances before getting to the Expressway where helps could come their way.
Besides deplorable potholes littered on the road, motorists are scared of the death traps it portended, and have called on the State Government and officials of the State Ministry of Works to come to their aid. Dr. Ben Ifeanyi Ajuofoh, Medical Director, EL-Comfort Hospital, the only viable hospital in the area told our reporter that from the Express road to his hospital, it cost him single handedly N2million to sand filled the road for easy access by patients to his hospital for treatment.
“We are really suffering here in Bonsac, the road has been abandoned for 18 years and nobody seems to be concerned” Dr. Ajufoh added.
But in a swift reaction, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah dispelled the allegation of government’s insensitivity to the people, saying that government is a continue as Okowa led administration would deliver his promises to Deltan. He confirmed that Bonsac road suffered neglects by previous administration, added that governor Okowa was determined to fix it.
Also, the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye said Bonsac road had been listed among the roads to be rehabilitated in the next quarter by the state government, and appealed to the aggrieved residents to be calm. In another development, a contractor (name withheld) handling one of the projects at the state owned University Oleh Campus, has allegedly absconded with the sum of N26million contract fund.
Sources said the contractor who hails from the Southern part of the state, has given to money released by the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to the school authority to complete the final works at the ongoing engineering department of the university at the Oleh Campus, allegedly disappeared into the thin air three days after he collected the money.
But a senior officer at the office of the university Vice-Chancellor, who did not want his name in the print, confirmed that the contractor was being looked for by the school authorities and the police, saying that he was last seen few weeks ago. He disclosed that efforts were being made by both the police and the university authority to ensure he is brought to book.