Following the numerous ongoing road construction ongoing across both local governments and the notable beautification of Old Lagos Asaba Road, respondents of Ika extraction randomly selected have stated that Okowa has done very well.
They affirmed this in their separate remarks on Tuesday, April 17, while speaking to Ika Weekly Reporters who toured various roads undergoing constructions in both Local Government Areas.
Some of the roads visited are: Queen Street and its adjoining roads which was approved and awarded last month, DDPA 1st and 2nd Phase, Deeper Life Road, Kikanwa Street, Upper Ojekpolor Street, and others.
Some of the respondents who spoke to Ika Weekly Newspaper Reporters at Ebiye Street heaped praises on the state government for remembering the street which they said had become a dump site due to its dilapidated state.
Mr. Abel Ezekiel, a resident of Upper Queen Street by Ebiye, said Ebiye Street was before now, not fit to be called a street.
“I can’t remember any year a caterpillar entered the road, it was an abandoned project over the years. It was so bad that even pedestrians could not walk on the road. Being a link to many other streets, it was completely impassable. That was the case until now. This latest development is a good omen for the people, and I am sure that on completion, it will make a lot of impact on the lives of residents living on the street” he said.
He applauded the governor for the signs of development and governance he has brought to the residents. He further stated that when the people feel the impact of governance around them especially through quality roads, as the governor is now doing canvassing for votes will become a minor thing.
Mrs. Juliana Kosuonye who has resided on the street for over 13 years, said prior to this time, the street was a bush and dump site for residents of adjoining streets. She said they suffered a lot of air pollution from refuse disposed on the street over the years. “I am happy with the work going on now. The smell/air pollution we have been suffering here is now a thing of the past. When I saw a caterpillar on Friday, I leapt for joy that Governor Okowa has remembered us.
I am over excited, and I pray that God remembers Governor Okowa for remembering Ebiye Street. I pray for him to win his 2nd tenure, because he deserves it, the reward for good work is more work. I call on all Ika people to vote for him, so he can continue, to do more than he is doing in Ika Land and all other local governments”.
Elder Okpuzor, a resident of Queen Street said, “we are seeing the good work of the governor, and we are happy. We had cried out two years ago over the deplorable state of the road through Ika Weekly Newspaper and other mediums, the government asked us to exercise patience, promising that they will work on the road, and here they are fulfilling their promise today. As Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is gearing up to go back for a second tenure, we are solidly behind him, he has our prayers and support”.
It was the same reaction from residents of Upper Ojekpolor Street where the work is at construction of drainage stage. The Chief Liason Officer of the project, Mr. Obielum Kingsley, a native of Owa-Alizomor, Ika North East, said Governor Okowa being the Governor of Delta State, is also carrying out similar projects in other local governments across the state not Ika Land alone.
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is enthusiastic to work for the person; that is his mandate. He has been on his toes, working round the clock. He is not sentimental; the projects are evenly distributed round the 25 Local Government Areas. He has the spirit of leadership, laced with human feelings. Ika people should vote him for a 2nd tenure, he deserves it, which is the only way we can show appreciation as a people”.
Mr. Kelvin Ehiwarior: “I appreciate the governor for his kind gestures, the youths, men, women and even the children can see all he is doing, and they are so visible. The Governor does not need much campaign in Ika Land; his developmental strides can speak for themselves. Okowa 2019 is a marketable product. He has embarked on people-oriented projects in the last three years, and I am confident he will do more when elected for a 2nd tenure. I therefore call on all Ika people, especially those who have not gotten their voter’s card to do so, so we can collectively deliver block votes for the Governor, come 2019” he opined.
Speaking on the painting of pavement and walkways, and other constructions in preparation of installation of street lights along Old Lagos Asaba Road, Mr. Dominic Ojei applauded the development, saying that in no distant time Ika land will become the envy of other communities.
To be continued next week!!! For comments, reactions or contributions, please call Emmanuel Egbuchinem on 08037644855 or Aleh Anita on 08130532993.