Rehabilitation works have commenced on the popular Umeh road in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The palliative measure is being carried out by the member representing Isoko South Constituency 2 in the State House of Assembly, Ferguson Onwo.
Ferguson Onwo had expressed worry over the extent of damages done the road as a result of heavy flooding in the locality, which cut off chunk portions of the road.
Materials for the road rehabilitation exercise, including granites, sharp sand and bags of cement, arrived the community at the weekend, amidst the joy of the residents.
A good number of manual labourers were also engaged and deployed to the site, as the people asked for quick completion of the remediation works.
Repairs on the seriously damaged areas commenced in earnest on Saturday, even as the Lawmaker inspected the road for on-the-spot assessment on the extent of the destruction and expected rehabilitation work to be carried out.
Onwo the chairman of the house committee on housing, women affairs and social development, said the palliative work is not only to make the road motorable for the road users, but to forestall further damages on it.
He said the road links Umeh community with the ever busy East-West road, explaining that movement of farm produce to the markets was being hindered by the deplorable state of the road.
Onwo decried the yearly devastating flooding of Umeh community, stressing that it is the desire of stakeholders for a permanent solution to the problem.
The lawmaker disclosed that officials of the state ministry of Environment had visited to ascertain what could be done towards addressing the problem, especially on ways to channeling all water flow into the nearby river.
Onwo pointed out that the blocked culvert at Umeh junction of the East-West road, had worsened the situation and appealed for intervention of relevant government agencies.
He said the palliative measure was to prevent a total cut off of Umeh community from other communities in the state.
Community leader, Duncan Afahokor noted that, flooding has been a major challenge in the agrarian rural riverine community of Umeh.
He commended Hon Onwo for expending his scarce resources to effect repairs on the Umeh road, maintaining that the palliative job would help ameliorate the pains of those plying the road.
The community leaders said the Delta State government had deployed millions of naira to construct the Umeh road, emphasizing that there was the need for its constant maintenance.
Umeh is one of the communities in Isoko South Constituency 2, Isoko South Local Government Area, which residents are predominantly farmers.