Since the approaching of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Peoples Democratic Party administration in Delta State, residents of the state have noticed a litany of substandard tasks together with failed and collapsed street tasks, often three to 6 months after opening them.
SaharaReporters gathered that the incessant collapse of multi-million naira street tasks within the state might be attributed to incompetent contractors being employed by the state authorities.
One of them, the newly constructed multi-million naira Direct Labour Agency (DLA) street, awarded in December 2018, by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration in Delta State, collapsed six months after it was inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony.
The street, which was inaugurated with fanfare by former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday, March 19, 2021, on the invitation of the state governor, Okowa, collapsed three weeks in the past, barely six months after it was inaugurated.
Also in 2017, one other multi-billion naira street constructed by governor Okowa’s administration in Asaba, the state capital, collapsed simply six months after their inauguration.
Since 2018, residents of Ikpide-Irri riverine group, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, had known as on the state authorities over using substandard supplies locally’s N1.5billion street mission.
Some staff within the state Ministry of Works, who aren’t comfy with the spate of shoddy and collapsed street tasks within the state, revealed that some high state officers collected bribes from the incompetent contractors to facilitate funds.
Meanwhile, someday in 2020, throughout a press convention in Government House, Asaba, a reporter confronted the governor on the substandard street tasks particularly the controversial N1.5billion Ikpide-Irri substandard street mission.
Responding, Okowa had stated, “It is possible when you have so many jobs that are ongoing, it is possible to have a few defects. It is possible to have people who are contractors but may not be standard enough. You have just drawn my attention to Ikpide-Irri and Okpe-Isoko roads, it’s not wrong to draw my attention as governor to road defects. I don’t hate criticism.”