An elder statesman and community leader, Chief Major Frederick.U. Efam, (JP), a retired army officer has commended the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for the ongoing Alihagwu/Oki road construction project.
Chief Efam made the commendation recently during an interactive session with newsmen in Agbor. He lauded the efforts of the State Governor,on the road which he stated was abandoned for several years by previous administrations in the state. While appreciating Governor Okowa, for commencing the construction work on the road, he prayed God to grant him good health and success in all his endeavours.
Continuing, he noted that whenever roads are being constructed, the State Commissioner of Works and other government functionaries ought to be on ground to supervise the road construction work as frowned at a situation where after awarding the contract of the road construction project they abandon the road.
Speaking further, he disclosed that on the Alihagwu/Oki road project, the contractor constructed the drainage from Alihagwu to the Junction of Oki and Amahia Communities, while the remaining part of the road is left without drainage. He noted that the thickness of the asphalt on the road is not up to one inch and there are no gutters, saying that with the current heavy downpour, most houses within the area are already flooded and this has caused the water flowing into residential buildings, also the spot where they stopped tarring the road is heavily flooded.
Chief Efam, appealed to His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to use his office and instruct the Ministry Officials in charge of the construction project to visit the project site, in order to know whether the contractor is doing the job according to specification. He urged the State Governor to send his Commissioner for Works to the project site, assuring the Governor that indigenes of Oki Community in Ika south Local Government area of Delta State, have unanimously resolved to vote massively for him to actualize his second term ambition, because he is the sole candidate whom Ika Nation has chosen to contest and pilot the affairs of the state.
Continuing, he appealed to the governor to help in making the Oki Primary Health Care Centre, which the Governor rehabilitated when he was a Senator, to be functional and efficient by providing them, with a resident doctor and health workers to run the place.
Chief Major Efam, also bared his mind on the issue of the forthcoming house of representative election, he urged the State Governor to stand by equity, and allow Ika South Local Government area to produce the next candidate for the Ika Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja, saying that it is the turn of Ika South LGA, to produce the next person for the position, so that it will not cause problem between the two local government areas of Ika Nation, appealing that for the sake of fair play and peaceful co-existence, after an Ika South person must have finished his tenure, other persons can be allowed to contest.
He urged the State Governor to compel the person coming out from Ika NorthEast with the intention to contest for the Federal House of Representatives Election to step aside, so that if on the day of election, Ika South indigenes refuse to come out and vote, they should not say that Ika South people are wicked. He noted that the issue is really affecting indigenes of the Council area, both the people at home and those in the Diaspora; everyone keeps asking, who is contesting? Saying that, “we passionately appeal that political issues should not be used to victimize Ika South indigenes”, he concluded.