Following the alleged complaints of deplorable state of roads in Delta state, over over 50 oil rich coastal communities in Ndokwa East Local Council of Delta State stormed the state Government House Asaba during a peaceful protest to register their complaints on Friday.
The protesting indigenes blamed economic woes of the area on bad access roads and perceived neglect.
The angry Communities blocked the main entrance into Government House, and adjoining streets for over four hours, forcing visitors to seek alternative routes.
The protesters numbering hundreds who are mainly elderly men, women, and youths protested across major streets in the state capital singing solidarity songs.
The protesters expressed anger over nonexistent access roads in the entire local government area.
The placards of the protesters read: “We Need Roads in Onicha-Utchi,” “We Need Roads from Ibedeni to Asaba- Ase,” “Why Have We Been Abandoned and Neglected”, “Ekwueme! Save our Coastal Communities”.
Mr.Frank Nwakwude, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, said the lack of access roads has caused untold hardship on indigenes of the area who are mainly farmers and fishermen.
However, attempt to reach the Delta state Police Command’s PPRO, DSP Bright Edafe was abortive has he could not respond to his calls at press time.