The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders has on Tuesday expressed its discontent at the state of roads in Port Harcourt. The group however calls for probe and timely intervention of the government.
The group made this known in a press statement signed by its President General, Chief Goodluck Egwu Ibem and released exclusively to Lanre News by its Secretary General, Comrade Kanice Igwe.
The group expressing its disappointment said; “We are totally dissappointed by the poor and sub-standard road construction by Arab Contractors construction firm that is handling the reconstruction of Umuahia – Aba – Port Harcourt Express Road.
“The materials used and the poor asphalting leaves much to be desired. We call for probe and most importantly for the right thing to be done on that road.
“It is very unfortunate to note that a road that is still under reconstruction by Arab Contractors have so many pot holes and failed portions that can cause serious damage to peoples cars and accident.
“In some portion of the road , the pot holes was seen 7 days after asphalting. Arab Contractors have started pashing the road . A road that has not lasted for 3 complete months. “
Commenting further on its displeasure at the performance of the company in charge of the road construction, the group stated; “There is no where in the world were this sought of broad daylight robbery and corruption is condoned and tolerated. What Arab Contractors is doing on that road in the name of reconstruction is totally unacceptable and we condemn it in it’s entirety.”
Calling for the timely intervention of the Federal Government, the group seeks the attention of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Barrister Babatunde Fashola.
“We call on the federal minister of works and housing Barr. Babatunde Fashola to ensure that the road reconstruction is properly executed according to specifications and international standard of road construction.
“We demand proper supervision and monitoring to ensure the right thing is done on that road.
“Presently the country is facing economic challenges , we don’t have resources to waste hence we demand that they execute the road construction according to international standard.
“Roads constructed in developed countries last for a minimum of 50 years with guarantee. If it doesn’t last according to the guaranteed years , the owners of the construction firm that handled the road construction will be charged and sentenced to prison. It’s high time we start doing that in Nigeria to serve as deterrent to any contractor that is found waiting.
“Osisioma junction of the express road is nothing to write home about. Though it has not been reconstructed but that particular portion is so bad that motorist spend 3 to 4 hours on traffic just to pass through that junction. In most cases , trucks and vehicles fall in that place.
“We demand that Arab Contractors do the needful in that place by making it passable for motorists plying that road.
The group however threatens to stage a protest at the office of the contactor in charge of the project, Arab Contractors if there is no development after 30 days.
“If after 30 days of this release and nothing is done, we will storm their office to press home our demands.
“We therefore call on ICPC, Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and other relevant authorities to immediately probe this broad daylight brazen corruption on Nigerian soil.”