Asaba - The Delta Government has declared a state of emergency on all roads and approved N2.9 billion for the rehabilitation of 159 township roads, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, said.
Ogeah announced the emergency in Asaba on Wednesday while briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting of the state Executive Council.
"The government has declared a state of emergency on all roads in Delta.
"Just as we took care of flood victims in the state, I think the governor wants us to go about the same way in handling the issue of bad roads across the state,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Works, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, said that he had ordered all contractors to return to site.
"The order is in line with the resolve of the government to tackle the challenges posed by bad roads," he said.
Solomon said that government had released N2 billion out of the N2.9 billion approved for the rehabilitation, maintenance and construction of roads.
He said the money had been disbursed to relevant ministries and agencies, adding that the ministry had directed the Direct Labour Agency to ensure that all failed portions of roads were rehabilitated.
The commissioner said that contractors handling road construction had been given up to Dec. 15 to deliver on the projects.
He gave an assurance that before the end of Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration, the people and visitors to the state would appreciate the work done by government.