Comr. Michael Ikeogwu, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) has indicated the readiness of journalists in the Delta state to monitor the construction of roads to ensure that they are delivered according to specifications.
Comr. Ikegwo gave the indication when he led a delegation of his exco members and someNigeria Union journalists (NUJ) in Delta state on a courtesy call on Chief James Augoye, Commissioner for Works in his office in Asaba.
Comr. Ikegwo maintained that there was the urgent need to continue to monitor the construction of roads in the state to ensure that contractors handling such roads adhere strictly to the contract terms toward the delivery of such contracts according to specification, saying that the level of failure of some roads constructed and delivered by some contractors in the state and beyond was becoming so worrisome.
While commending the Delta state governor, governor Ifeanyi for his passion in the construction and maintenance of roads across the three senatorial districts of the state, Comr. Ikeogwu frowned at the attitude of some contractors handing some roads in the state for their failure to adhere strictly to the terms specified for the construction of such roads, adding that such unwholesome practice not only cost the sate government additional money in maintaining such poorly delivered roads but had added to the frustrations of commuters in the state.
Responding, Chief Augoye expressed his appreciation for the visit and congratulated the chairman and members of his exco for their victory at the recently conducted election of the union in the state, adding that the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) had been instrumental in the development of the state.
The Commissioner disclose that the construction of some road in the Delta state were not directly under the supervisory purview of his ministry, adding that a necessary condition had been put in place to ensure that a contractor return to site to correct any observed anomaly in a delivered job without extra cost to the state government, two years after such road was constructed.
The Commissioner explained that it took several levels of technicality in the construction of roads, adding that the state government had taken note of that by ensuring that contractors handling road construction in the state were closely monitored towards effective job delivery just as he called on journalists to complement in the monitoring exercise by reporting constructively any observed abnormalities in road construction by contractors handling the construction of the state roads.
In another development Comr. Ikeogwu commended the Head of Service (HOS) in the state, Mr. Reginald Bayoko for the untiring efforts at curbing the presence of ghost workers in the state civil service.
Ikeogwu appreciated the administrative competence of the HOS, which, he said, had impacted positively in the productivity of civil servants in the Delta state, saying that the visit to the HOS was to officially introduce members of his exco to him and seek a robust relationship of the union in the state with the HOS.
The HOS thanked him and his team for the visit, saying that there was the urgent need for the journalists to be ethical in their reportages by ensuring that their stories were appropriately balanced with facts, even as he promised to assist the union in the state.