From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Delta State Government has taken steps to end the continued menace among restive youths over project execution in the State.
Chief James Augoye, the State Commissioner for Works who confirmed the state government’s steps to curtail the process of the youths in the host projects communities, told our reporter that: “it has been a major problem to the state government, these idle youths often harass contractors, disrupt projects execution in their communities, they demand N5, 000 or the contractor will not work” disclosing that special security committee had been constituted to bring to book any of the youths caught in the act.
He said that while the activities of these youths last, the contractors are in most times subjected to inhuman act, and confiscation of their working equipment on their refusal to part with N5, 000 for each of the youths almost on daily basis.
Chief Augoye however described the continued extortion among the youths on the contractors handling various project works across the state as criminal and barbaric, stating that recent measures adopted by the state government would help to reduce the excesses.
Saying 208 roads in 866 kilometers have been constructed by the state government between 2015/2018, the Commission explained that the figures did not include the inherited projects, adding that a whopping sum of N215 billion was expended.
On construction of Ughelli-Afiesere-Ofuoma road, the Commissioner explained that the construction of the road 8.5km, will ease the difficulties experienced when travelling from the Ughelli area to Isiokolo, Abraka and other communities in the part of the state; adding that the project was awarded to Messrs CCC Nigeria Limited at the contract sum N1, 743, 871, 106, 25.