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Chief James Augoye, Delta’s Commissioner for Works.
Delta State Government has decried the unbecoming attitude of owners of residential houses not providing soak away septic facilities for their buildings thereby causing obscene situations and endangering people’s health.
The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye expressed the state Government’s disgust at a media parley he had with members of the Indigenous Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria union of Journalists, Delta State council in his office on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
The Commissioner who took the journalists through what the state government was doing in terms of road and drainage infrastructure in the state said it was not proper fort house owners on Direct Labour (DLA Road, Asaba to build houses and be care free about the need to provide septic soak away facilities for the use of their tenants.
Chief Augoye said revelations coming to government shows that some of the buildings because they have no soak away facilities flush human wastes straight into the water flow drains.
According to him, the contractor handling the drainage project on DLA Road on discovering this was aghast and threatened to discontinue with the project because of the nauseating situation and the effect of his workers.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner called on residents and the people of Delta state to understand the need to ownership of government projects and facilities established in their localities as their own and to protect such projects and facilities from thieves and vandals.
“It is amazing how people without thinking of the effect of their actions on the generality of the people go ahead to vandalise projects which government has spent money and effort to put in place for their benefits,” he said.
Augoye said when people don’t take charge of the safety of projects put in place by government to serve them, and allow vandals and thieves to decapitate and steal the facilities, they will have themselves to blame as it may take another long time for government to want to listen to their demands because there are many communities looking up to government to meet their demands.
Answering a question, the commissioner explained why the success of the storm drainage work seen on Okpanam Road, DBS Road has not been replicated in some areas around Benizia Hotel Road and adjoining streets through Havillah Streets and Summit Road, he said the consultant while looking at the drainage problem in Asaba metropolis and how to solve them divided Asaba into eight channels. “Four has been completed . The sixth one will run from Summit Road down to the areas around Benezia Hotel and fine Homes,” he said.”
He pointed out that the contract for that has not been awarded yet, but that it has been captured in the 2021 state government’s budget.
For the Achalla Ibusa Road, Augoye hinted that contract for the phase 1 project has been awarded, and that the Phase 2 has been captured in the 2021 budget. “We appeal to the people to be patient with us,” he pleaded.
On the usefulness of the pedestrian bridge at the defunct Abraka market now moved to the new Asaba Market location in Oko, Chief Augoye said: “The pedestrian bridge at Abraka is very important. The one at Summit Road junction had some challenges of a depression that became obvious. Although the work is slow, but the contractors are doing a very good job. The bridge will have a covering.
Augoye said that the Okowa sdministration has opened up many rural areas with roads across the state, among which is the 400 km Ozanogogo Road, Okorenkoko, Ogulaha, etc., adding that the Ewulu Road will be captured in the next budget.
He then allayed fear about communities being forgotten when the Okowa administration ends its tenure, saying that since the communities are part of Delta state, “whoever becomes the governor tomorrow will not forget them.”