Newly Constructed Multi-Million Naira Road Collapses After 7 Months in Delta
It has been revealed that the newly constructed multi-million naira Direct Labour Agency (DLA) road, by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration in Delta State, has collapsed.
The road collapsed just seven months after it was inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony.
The road, which was inaugurated by former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday, March 19, 2021, on the invitation of the state governor, Okowa, collapsed two weeks ago, barely seven months after it was inaugurated.
Inaugurating the reconstructed DLA Road, the former Senate president, Saraki had poured encomiums on Okowa, noting that the new project was already having a positive impact on the economic activities in Asaba
In 2017, multi-billion naira roads constructed by Governor Okowa’s administration in Delta State, especially in Asaba, the state capital began to collapse just six months after their inauguration.
Commenting on the collapse of the newly constructed DLA Road, a resident who simply identified himself as Chukwudi lamented the rate at which roads are been constructed across the state with substandard materials.
He said, “Some of the companies are owned by the governor’s cronies, relatives and kinsmen who do not even specialise in road construction. Some of these companies are suppliers of office supplies and stationery with no record of construction or civil engineering.”
“An example of such substandard road projects is the Ikpide-Irri N1.5 billion shoddy road project awarded to a marine service company, Portplus limited by the governor as ‘kola nut to one of his cronies who supported him in 2015 governorship election. That project you see, one of our directors has eaten so much and he doesn’t bother to visit the site but certificates are raised and payments are done.