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Delta Govt Clarifies Agbor-Abraka-Eku Road Situation

The Delta State Government has reassured commuters on the Agbor-Abraka-Eku Road that steps are being taken to address the ongoing issues. Mr. Felix Ofou, the Executive Assistant to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori on New Media, provided this assurance during an exclusive conversation with DBS Television in Asaba on Sunday.

He explained that the road has not only been neglected by the Federal Government but also denied intervention by the Delta State Government.

Despite these challenges, he expressed optimism that Governor Oborevwori’s engagement with President Bola Tinubu’s new administration and the positive signals from the new Minister of Works, David Umahi, will lead to a resolution and action on the road in the near future.

“The impression is being created that His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, the Governor of Delta State, has abandoned the Agbor-Abraka-Eku Road but we want to put it in its true perspective. That road, as you know, is a Federal road. That means it is the Federal Government that has control over the road.

“That is not the only road owned by the Federal Government in Delta. They have parts of the East-West Road in the Delta. They have the Warri-Sapele-Benin Road and the Illah-Ebu Road. All these are Federal roads and, as you know, they have all been abandoned.

“For us as a government, we think that there is a policy, even though not spoken. The policy is that the APC which controls the federal apparatus is deliberately ignoring federal roads in PDP controlled states, particularly in the South-South, in attempt to make the governments and the Governors unpopular.

“You will recall that attempts were made by the previous administration (of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa) in Delta to work on those roads but the then Minister of Works openly said that the state should hands off the roads because they belong to the Federal Government.

“As at today, that position has not changed. Yes, we have a new Minister of Works but I cannot recall the Minister going to any of the bad spots we have identified to say something is being done. We have not seen contractors returning to those sites neither have we seen any report of award of contracts regarding the roads.

“As a government, we intermittently tried to provide palliatives on the roads because we know that our people are directly affected but, as of today, those roads belong to the Federal Government and they have not allowed the state government to go into them. That is the position of things.

“Of course, we sympathise with our people who are the ones using the roads on daily basis and, as a government, I know that His Excellency is doing all his best to interface with the Tinubu administration to see how we can have a change of face because if we leave the status quo, our people will suffer more. That is not what a government that is caring and want the benefit of the people would condone.

“It is expected that people will complain but we  want to advise that, as much as possible, the complaints should be directed at the appropriate quarter, because the people involved seem insensitive and deliberate in their actions.

“We have seen roads done in other states by the Federal Government. Why is it that the Federal Government roads in Delta State and in the South-South are all abandoned and there is no attempt made to revamp them if there is no deliberate policy?”

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