By Matilda Omonaiye/
A socio-political pressure group, Anioma Voice is set to commence legal action against the Delta State Government over alleged failure to protect the citizens of the state.
Addressing a cross-section of stakeholders at the weekend, the Chief Convener of the group, Comrade Akamesike Emmanuel Okonne said that the decision was reached at an emergency executive meeting of the group.
He said, “We made it clear that by not tackling the dangers posed to pedestrians and motorists in the Capital City, Asaba, by the many uncovered drainage holes littering most of the major roads, the state government is failing in its primary duty of protection of lives and property of her citizens.”
A statement signed by Okonne, on behalf of the group, urged the state government to commence as a matter of urgency, the covering of the drainages as they pose a risk to the safety of citizens, especially pedestrians in the state capital.
The group insists that by allowing the drains to deteriorate to the point they are at present, the state government was “showing that social responsibility and protection of lives and property, is not on its agenda”.
He added, “Any government that has the interest of the wellbeing of her citizens will not wait for catastrophic accidents to occur before swinging to action.
“We understand the financial situation in the country, but we are making it clear that this should not be a reason for the state government to abandon its duty and endanger her citizens.
“To this end, the group is giving the state govt through the Ministry of Environment till the end of this year to commence action on Asaba drainage as failure to do so would lead to legal actions against the state on behalf of citizens of the state.”