By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and the State Commissioner of Works, Mr. James Agwoye have been commended for the initiative to work on the bad portions of Federal Road that connects Agbor-Uwrhonigbe-Umutu-Obiaruku-Abraka-Eku federal road, which have been in very bad state for almost two years.
The commendation was given by the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, Sunday February 14, 2021 on an inspection of the road, as it is a major gateway to Ukwuani Local Government Area, his constituency
The Deputy Speaker in his remarks, said the action of the government of Delta State to work on the bad portion is a welcome development, as the road, a major part of the economic development of the state, has for months caused the people serious pains, thereby reducing the economic activities of the affected communities along that route, and haulage of highly needed goods and services to and from the area and the state.
Hon Ochor said that the pains experienced by the people using the road, has been much as it can be visibly noticed on them, saying anybody that has used that road will notice that the communities, and commuters are always in pain, but with resumption of repairs on the bad portions, the economic activities along that route is expected to rebound, with the intervention of the state government.
“I commend the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Commissioner of Works, Mr. James Agwoye for the efforts to restore the economic activities along the Agbor-Uwrhonigbe-Umutu-Obiaruku-Abraka-Eku road, with the commencement of the repairs that the governor has directed be done on the bad portions of the road.
“This road as we all are aware is a major economic and social gateway to the state, as it connects the people living along that route to the state capital, Asaba, to the main commercial centre in the region, Onitsha, and the commercial city of Delta State, Warri.
“Since some portions of the road went bad, travelling along it had been hell for both the communities along that route and the commuters, both vehicles and man. It has been terrible. I have to thank his Excellency for acting promptly before the coming of the next rainy season.” He said.
Hon Ochor however, called on the contractor handling the repairs to be fast, and ensure the job is delivered based on best industrial standard, and to be completed before the next rainy season, not to disappoint the government and the people of the state.
The Agbor-Umutu-Obiaruku-Abraka-Eku road is a major transit route that connects the South-South, South East to the Northern part of the country, but for more than five years, major part of the road has been in a very bad state, as commuters who use the road complain and most of them have abandoned the road.