The Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to address what it called hardship and unemployment being experienced in Delta state.
CEPEJ, a Non Governmental Organisation made this call in a statement issued by its national coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, in Paris, France.
“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” he stated.
The environmental activist also decried the deplorable condition of some roads in the state which he described as “death traps” adding that most of them were left unattended because they are known to be federal roads.
” I call the attention of Governor Okowa 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.
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” he stated.
Also, as a means to arrest the upsurge of poor quality road construction by contractor firm, Comrade Mulade advised the Delta state governor 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 lives and property of people in the state.
“The governor should take advantage of the relative peace to deliver on his electoral promises.
There is need for him to create more jobs and invest in sustainable peace and security in every part of the state” he advised.
Mulade continued “It could be recalled that few weeks back, the chief press secretary to the governor, Charles Aniagwu, defendeded the local contractors despite the failure of roads being executed by these local contractors
This was 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”
The environmentalist frowns at the CPS to governor Okowa take on infrastructure which states that 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.
He also noted that Charles Aniagwu various reasons for engaging the local contractors which includes political and security stability, empowerment as well as and employment reasons are not cogent to accept poorly executed projects.