YOUTH LEADER BERATES ROTEC ? COMMENDS THE AWARD OF OLD LAGOS/ASABA ROAD CONTRACT

Road projects in Ika South Local Government Area has once again come under close scrutiny, with the verdict that there is deliberate attempt to short change the people of the locality in the provision of infrastructure.

Speaking when he led some youths to some project sites in Agbor metropolis on Friday July 24, 2009, the president of Ihu-Iyase Youths, Comrade Michael Ehiwarior regretted that up till now, Rotec Engineering Construction Limited has not been able to complete any of the road projects awarded to it. "It saddens me that almost 2 years of the award of these contracts, the so-called Rotec has not done anything meaningful. Dr. Whyte Osuhor, Upper Odozi and Imudia streets road project seem to have been abandoned. How could people be so callous and wicked. The saddest part is that our people have remained indifferent to the poor state of infrastructure in our land. It is indeed very regrettable. Nobody knows what Rotec is up to. The company has really taken our people for a ride, it is painful," he lamented.

Comrade Ehiwarior also expressed his utter displeasure with the street lights erected at Uromi junction axis of the metropolis, saying it is a big slap on Ika people. He queried the rationale behind putting in place what he called "a distortion of the aesthetic beauty of the metropolis, which from all indications is an addition to the array of poorly executed and in most cases abandoned projects in Agbor."

The youth president, however, commended the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for awarding the contract for the dualisation of the old Lagos/Asaba road, but quickly added that government should look seriously into the many abandoned road projects in Ika South, noting that the people are watching closely.

He equally urged the governor to be personally involved in some of his administration’s grassroot youth empowerment programme, as according to him "some of our so-called leaders have hijacked the programme making the effort of the governor to be in vain. Many of our youths are suffering, with nothing doing. They are roaming the streets, in the process engaging in anti social vices. They need your support."

Comrade Ehiwarior praised the state government for the provision of inter-city buses to Ika land, saying it has drastically reduced the pains commuters experience everyday. "Now our people can go long distances with an amount as low as N20," he said.

He however, stressed that "our political leaders have failed us. They have deprived us of the dividends of democracy from the Uduaghan’s administration because of their unrestrained avarice. They are inherently selfish and totally corrupt."

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