Executive Chairman of Udu Local Government Area of Delta State has allayed the fears of road users, stating that the Udu Bridge which connects Ovwian and Enerhen, Delta State, was not going to collapse soon as being speculated by uninformed members, stressing that the bridge was in good shape.
He gave the assurance when the President-General of the Union of Udu Communities, Chief Godwin Notoma led executive of the Union on a courtesy visit to the Council during which issues of development and peace in the area were addressed by Udu leaders.
Chief Brown assured further that contrary to insinuations being peddled around town amidst unfounded fears of possible collapse, the Udu Bridge which was built by Dumex in the late 70s was certified recently by a team of engineers from the Delta State Ministry of Works to be very strong having passed an integrity test, adding that the handrails of the bridge which collapsed would receive attention and be replaced shortly.
He also assured that a second Udu bridge was also being considered by the Delta State Government to reduce the burden on the existing one and that the express junction and other areas of developmental concern of the Udu people would receive government attention in due course.
In his address during the visit, the President-General of the Union of Udu Communities, Chief Godwin Notoma appealed to government to help construct another bridge through the Udu river to Enerhen, fix the bad spot at express junction, prevail on Julius Berger to fix the bypass at the railway by Ujevwu, address the hazard posed by the High tension electric pole at the Egini/Ubogo canal by Ubogo market, rehabilitate the Ubogo to Ogbe-Udu road and relate with Premium Steel and Mines Limited to step up their acts by resuscitating the plant to full production capacity so as to create jobs for the teeming army of unemployed youths in the area.
Chief Notoma harped on the need to engender peace and security amongt the communities in Udu, urging the government to ensure more police divisions were created in Udu for adequate security presence because of the increasing population of Udu and a tremendous influx of strangers into the area.
The President- General of Udu during the visit was Evang. Andrew Dorkie, Second Deputy President General; Mr. Okorugbo Patrick, Assistant Secretary; Barr Chief Elizabeth Okene, Legal Adviser 1; and Godfrey Dolor, Treasurer. Also on the UUC team were Excellence Emuobo Miller, Publicity Secretary; Mr. Samuel Ojitaire, Assistant Publicity Secretary; Mr Nigeria Okorode, Assistant Spokesman; Mr. Matthew Salami, Welfare Officer, Mr. Josiah Golah, Assistant Auditor, Chief Love Okoro, Ex-Officio from Owhorhu Ruling House; Mr. Sibitor James, Adadja Ruling House; and John Kurame, Uloho Ruling House.