Multi-Million Naira Road Collapses A Month After Commissioning In Delta (Photos)

The multimillion-naira Jesse-Boboroku Road in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, constructed by the Ifeanyi Okowa government, has collapsed barely one month after it was commissioned by Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson.

The road project collapsed on Saturday due to the alleged use of substandard materials.

SR reports that it was awarded to Gomene Construction Company, said to be owned by one-time Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Godwin Omene.

When SR visited the failed session of the project, leaves were left on the road as danger sign.

Back in 2017, a multi-billion Naira road commissioned in Asaba, the state capital, by Okowa collapsed after six months, sources attributing it to lack of competence of the construction companies. Okowa was said to have used the road contracts as ‘Kola-nut’ for political patronage to individuals who made financial contributions to his 2015 election.

During the inauguration of the multi-million Naira Jesse-Boboroku Road last month, Dickson had described Okowa as “prudent manager of resources”, adding that Deltans were overwhelmed with the quality of projects being executed by Okowa.

“The people are overwhelmed with the quality of projects you have executed, we have seen the wonderful roads you (Okowa) have constructed. These are special projects that will touch the lives of the people,” he had said, paying glowing tributes to Okowa.

When contacted for comments, the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. James Augoye, denied the story and that he has just returned from the site, explaining that following the opening of a canal by the Ministry of Environment, a culvert that was constructed over 30 years ago was touched by the earth moving equipment, resulting in damage to the road. 
“I have mobilised Levant to the site and work is commencing today. The State Government regrets the inconvenience to motorists by the collapsed culvert on the Jesse/Boboroku Road. I will like to put on record that it was not as a result of ‘shoddy job’ by the contractor as is being alleged by some commentators,” he said.
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