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Ochei Matthew, Asaba
The Delta State government has said that it is yet to receive a refund from the Federal Government for rehabilitation done on FG roads state, rather it had received a promissory note.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr. James Aguoye who stated this on Monday in Asaba, said that the state has mobilised a team of engineers to patch all the federal roads.
He explained that the state has embarked on rehabilitation of failed Federal Government roads in order to avoid the deaths of citizens plying the road.
Aguoye said, “We have been intervening on the Federal Government failed roads; Benin/Sapele/ Agborh Eku roads and Asaba/Kwale/ Ugheli road to make it safer for Deltans and other road users.
“As we speak, the state has not been refunded but we have received a promissory note from the Federal Government on the job we executed. We have also defended it at the National Assembly.
“We are now working on the sector ‘A’ of Ughelli/Asaba road, earthwork cannot be properly done as a result of rainy season.
“We are taken actions to address the challenges of road construction across the state especially this rainy season. Our people are facing serious challenges and complaining, so we have to intervene on these federal roads because it is our people that are using it.
While reiterating the need for communities to take ownership of projects within their domain, the Works Commissioner, however, clarified that the contractor handling Asaba-Ase/Abari communities road in Ndokwa axis has not been demobilised from site to warrant protest from the people.
“What we are doing now is stone base work, after the rain, the contractor would be fully mobilised to site, no road project has been abandoned, so I don’t know why the community protesting,” Aguoye said.
Source; Punch Newspaper