Delta state government’s comment on federal roads: A case of pot calling kettle black
By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board
Each passing day brings to mind the fact that Delta State Government lacks capacity for self introspection, interrogation and examination. This particular weakness was again exemplified recently during their ill-informed press conference held in Asaba, the state capital, where the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, on behalf of the state government decried the deplorable state of some federal roads in the state and called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the situation.
Charles Aniagwu, who was with the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika, among other things observed that the deplorable state of federal roads across the country justified calls for devolution of power in the polity, and concluded that devolving power to component units would provide them more funds to undertake the task of infrastructural development of the states, including roads that seemed to have overwhelmed the Federal Government.
Without doubt, the duo reserves the right as citizens to criticize and point out Federal Government failures in this direction. But majorly, as a responsible and responsive news organization, GbaramatuVoice view their latest action as a case of ‘pot calling kettle black’.
In fact, it would have been more appreciated if Aniagwu and Olisa first removed the planks on their eyes in order to see clearly and advice the Federal Government.
In our objective views, Delta state government have not in any ways fared better than the Federal Government when it comes to issue of road and other infrastructural provisions.
Going by this fact, the newspaper holds the opinion that the state government lacks moral right to advice the Federal Government in the face of deplorable condition of the now abandoned Ughelli – Ogwuashi road inherited from the previous administration but have not scratched the surface after 7years of being in the saddle of leadership in the state. What about the Osubi – Eku road which has become a death trap to the innocent road users?
Why must the state government seek for more power to acquire Federal Government roads in the state when the now abandoned Ayakromo bridge has become an albatross hanging on the neck of Governor Okowa’s led administration in the state?
Even, majority of roads the present administration in the state constructed, sorry plastered, collapsed within 6 months of such a shoddy outing. So, who is better? Federal Government that is known for not constructing roads always, but each time they do, it lasts. Or the state government that constructs and the road collapses while the contractor is still on the site?
Definitely, GbaramatuVoice is not holding brief for the Federal Government but the truth is that as a watch dog of the society, the newspaper’s advice to Aniagwu, Ifeajika and of course Governor Okowa is that they should de-focus on the Federal Government and their ‘wahala’ and pay more attention to deplorable state of infrastructures in the state.
Warri for instance as we noted recently has become an emerging slum town under Governor Okowa’s administration. Deltans are not happy with the current state of infrastructures in the state.
The Newspaper therefore, calls on Governor Okowa to leave Federal Government alone, roll up his sleeves and work for Deltans that voted for him. Looking at the current state of things in the state, it is evident that Deltans both home and abroad are dissatisfied and disappointed.
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