Delta State government has awarded fifteen roads in Okpanam community in Oshimili North Local Government Area.

The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye stated this when he briefed the press today in Asaba.

Chief Augoye who stated that the continuous desilting of the drainage at Asaba end was as a result of the sand coming from Okpanam axis, stated that the roads projects were awarded to control the huge sand that had filled the drainages.

According to the commissioner, the contractor handling the Okpanam Road project had completed the drains on both sides of the road and was doing remedial work to enable residents to use the road until the rains subsided when work on the road would commence.

He appealed to the residents to be patient with the state government, saying that the government understands their plight.

The works commissioner who debunked rumors making the round that the contractor handling the Asaba-Ase Road had demobilized from the site stated that work on the road was ongoing

Chief Augoye stated that the state government had no intention to abandon the project, even as he encouraged communities to take ownership of projects in their community.

He said that by taking the ownership of projects in their community, the community would be able to monitor the contractor and engineers to ensure that there was no compromise, adding that deliberate action had been taken to ensure a positive result in Asaba-Ase community Road project.

Chief Augoye stated that due to the rains, the government had agreed with the contractor to construct only covet/concrete work, and gave an assurance that the 7.2km Asaba-Ase Road project would be completed.

Explaining the reason for the delay in the completion of Ikpide-Irri Road, the commissioner stated that his ministry discovered that the road needed drains on both sides, saying the road was on low land and that state government had awarded the second drain on the road.

Augoye, who revealed that Ministry of Works would only embark on long-distance and highly technical roads which require proper investigation stated that the Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency and Warri/Uvwie Development Agency were in charge of short distance and internal roads in Asaba and Warri and environs for quick result.

More reports on the briefing will be featured in subsequent bulletins.