By Ifeanyi Olannye
Some tricycles operators and residents of Asaba on Monday lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta for the full rehabilitation of Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road in Asaba.
News Agency Agency (NAN) reports that the DLA Road remained an alternative route to the popular Nnebisi Road for ease of traffic in the state capital.
The residents in an interview with NAN, expressed satisfaction at the ongoing rehabilitation road project which had for many years failed and made life difficult for the people living in the area.
Mrs Agnes Okonta, a resident said the DLA Road had been a major challenge for the people in the area.
`We have been suffering for many years, particularly during the rainy season as flood water will takes over our streets with deep gullies on DLA road and water flowing into our houses.
“The hardship is better imagined than experienced; that is why we are grateful to our governor for remembering this road among all the numerous road projects being constructed across the state.
“He did wonders by constructing storm water channels which have taken away flood from all the adjoining streets of DLA to the River Niger.
“I am confident that with the completion of the road, that there will be no more flood along DLA road and even across the Asaba metropolis.’’
Okonta expressed concern that the programme and policies of the Okowa-led administration would leave the state better, particularly that of Reps Onyemachi Mrakpor, the Director General, Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency project.
“Walking round Asaba, you will see that the metropolis is wearing a new look and work is ongoing.
“We also have it on good record that Warri and Uvwie environment are also wearing new looks, courtesy of Okowa led-government,’’ Okonta said.
Mr Martins Ike, a tricycle operator or “keke’’ said that works on the DLA road would soon be completed.
“They have done all the concrete work from the Ibusa Road end and have covered all the gullies and bad portion of the DLA road.’’
Ike said that the contractor had commenced the final tarring of the road from the Summit Road end moving toward Ibusa Road.
“We hope that before the weekend they would have completed the work.
“This will mark the end of our suffering on this route because before now, we have to swim through the deep gullies of flood to cross over with our passengers along the DLA road.
“At the peak of the rains, for many years, most residents could not drive their vehicles home because of flood but all that will soon be a thing of the past and we thank Okowa for coming to our assistance,’’ Ike said.
Also, Mr Victor Isichie, another resident the lamented over many years of failed contract work on the DLA road and lauded Okowa for the respite.
According to him, several contracts to fix the road have been awarded in the past but no roads have been repaired until now.
“We had thought that there would be no more solution to DLA road just as we had also imagined that the Asaba Township Stadium (Stephen Keshi Stadium) could not be fixed.
“But Okowa’s magic is working wonders in the metropolis to the admiration of all as the stadium has been fixed to International Standards and the all important DLA road getting the needed attention,’’ he said.