Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), a nongovernmental organisation, has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to address the hardship and unemployment residents are experiencing in Delta state.
The NGO, in a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, in Paris, France, said: “The call became necessary following the upsurge in decline of socio-economic activities occasioned by insecurity, bad roads, unemployment, communal clashes and poor handling of the state’s infrastructures.”
The environmental activist also decried the deplorable condition of some roads in the state that have become death traps, noting that most of them were left unattended to as they are known to be federal roads.
However, he directed the governor’s attention to many roads within the commercial cities in Delta state such as Warri, Sapele, Udu, Uvwie and host of others that are not necessarily federal roads.
He added that urgent government intervention is needed to alleviate the suffering of road users and save them from robbery attacks by bandits who often take advantage of bad spots to unleash terror on commuters.
As a means to arrest the upsurge of poor quality road construction by unpatriotic contractors, Mulade tasked Okowa to ensure that he involves the people affected by such roads in the planning and execution of such road constructions projects.
While assuring Governor Okowa of his support to make sustainable peace a lasting project, he urged the governor not to relent in carrying out his responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of people in the state.
He further urged Governor Okowa to take advantage of the relative peace to deliver on his electoral promises, adding that there is need for the governor to create more jobs and as well invest in sustainable peace and security in every part of the state.
It could be recalled that a few weeks back, the chief press secretary to the governor, Charles Aniagwu, defended the local contractors despite the failure of roads being executed by these local contractors.
Against the cry of Deltans that the state government should engage renowned contractors so as to construct durable roads, Aniagwu said the local contractors needed to be empowered so as to remain afloat, noting that the government will not involve big contractors as it will amount to capital flight from the state.
He said for various reasons, including political, security, empowerment and employment reasons, the government will keep on engaging the services of the local contractors as the failure of one road is not enough to blacklist the local contractors.