Residents along Vital Okakwu street, off Jesus Saves road, the street housing Standard Life schools in Asaba, Delta state capital, are calling for the contractor who engaged Hausa boys to evacuate the sludge from the drainage to save the lives of the people as the road is being covered and likely leading to outbreak of disease.
In this regard, the residents are calling on the contractor to evacuate the sludge brought out of the drainage out of the area considering the health implication on the people. Leaving the sludge in the area, the people say is detrimental to their health.
Some of the residents on Thursday called the editor of Emeraldng.com to help transmit their annoyance to the contractor in a bid to bring him to site so as to evacuate the sludge dug of out of the drainage along the road.
Emeraldng.com learnt that the sludge was dug out over two weeks but abandoned on the road, even as it is destroying the road that was tarred as the mud is spreading and gradually taking over the road.
The residents who said following the plan of the state government following the job being done along FMC and Nnebisi road, DLA road, Jesus saves and Agric road, the state government has a good vision for the city, they, however, said the contractor that handled the evacuation along that Standard Life school road is needed to quickly evacuate the sludge to safe places where people’s health will not be affected.
One of the residents said: “The contractor engaged Hausa boys to evacuate the sludge from the drainage and dumped them on the road turning the half tarred road into earth road and spreading epidemics and diseases in the area.
“The sludge has reduced the road to one lane thereby causing obstruction to commuters and motorists. Even the one lane left for motorists is muddy.”
Residents in the area decried the insensitivity of the contractor who is turning the magnanimity of the state government in putting food on their table and creating more jobs for them, but destroying what has been done before.
According to some of the residents, the sludge is capable of causing outbreak of terrible diseases despite the hardship being faced by the people occasioned by the economic downturn.
It must be noted that the evacuation being refered to here is different from what is going on along the Nnebisi Road, FMC area and Agric road in the heart of Asaba.
In a post state executive council briefing, the commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah, appealed to the people of Asaba and expecially the resident of the affected area to exercise patient with the contractors working on the city roads.
He said: “First of all Deltans should be excited that the state government has taken up the challenge to work on the road so that the flood can be controlled before the rains come.
“So, I think people should be more patient with the contractors and let’s look at enjoying it in the near future.
“I wonder where he is going to put the sand when after completing the work, he still needs the sand to cover up. So, just help us appeal to the public to be patient enough.”