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of the Old Lagos/Asaba road, the major road that links the two local governments
in Ika land sooner or later might turn out to be real as the contracting firm
handling the project, Hi-Tech Engineering LTD has during the week intensified
work on the road. Work on the road which
has become an issue of serious debate among Ika people because of the slow pace
it is going and the Delta State government lukewarmish attitude on the project.
The Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan administration in Delta State has as part of his
electioneering campaign promises in 2007 promised Ika Nation that he is going
to dualise the Old Lagos/Asaba road if
voted into office as governor . Since then, all efforts to have him
fulfill his promise has not yielded positive results. Apex groups in Ika land
such as the Ika landlords/Landladies Association, Onu Ika, Ika Elders Forum,
Human Right groups including individuals
has on many occasions reminded Dr. Uduaghan of his promise through the staging
of peaceful protests and appeals. Their struggles are aimed at drawing the
government’s attention to the plight of users of the Old Lagos/Asaba road
are passing through everyday.
When Ika Weekly visited the Okoh
junction/Union Bank axis of the road, bulldozers of the contracting firm were
seen demolishing fences and other structures that encroached the road.
Some of the
residents who spoke to Ika Weekly on the new development says they are expect
that the Delta State government will not fail this time. They therefore called
for a thorough supervision of the project by the state government, particularly
the State Ministry of Work many of the people spoken to says they appreciate
the efforts of well meaning interest groups in Ika land as well as individuals
for their contribution thus far saying that they should not relent until the
road is completed and commissioned.