One of the landlords in the
area who pleaded anonymity disclosed that they cannot fathom the reasons why
the contractor abandoned the portion of the road. He said that the contract was
initially meant to cover the road from Old Lagos/Asaba road to Benin/Asaba
road, “we are at a lost on this issue, How can government award contract and the
contractor refused to complete the job, yet government pays the contractor.”


Also, a woman who resides on
the same street close to Benin/Asaba road told Ika Weekly that
they are always at the mercy of flooding during the rainy season, saying that
the bad portion of the street is impassable, “During the rainy season, the
street is always over flooded, to the point that last year, a child returning
from school was almost drowned.” She appealed to the government to mandate the
contractor to complete the job by tarring the remaining portion of the street
from Imudia Junction to the Benin/Asaba expressway.


A woman tenant residing on
the street informed Ika Weekly that due to the bad portion of the
uncompleted street, it is difficult for the various security agencies in Ika
land to patrol the street. She also stated that from 6.00pm, residents close to
the expressway are always in doors to prevent robbery attacks due to the
quietness of the area, “we are always indoors from 6.00pm as a result of the
nature of the street. The situation is really affecting us especially some of
us who are into business like Beer Parlour, restaurants e.t.c. even churches in
the area usually experience low attendance of members during evening services.


The residents therefore appealed
to the government to mandate the contractor back to site to complete the job
before the rainy season commences.       

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