They made the call while reacting to the increasing number of failed portions on the Uzuakoli-Ozuitem road in Bende Local Government Area of the State, being constructed by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
In an interview, a businessman, Mr Ikechi Njoku said the road had been in deplorable condition for over eight years, posing serious socio-economic challenges to the affected communities.
Mr Njoku called on contractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission to ensure that funds earmarked for projects were judiciously used for the benefit of the people.
Also speaking, a community leader, Prince Mba Adigibe queried the competence of the contractors and called for a platform for benefitting communities to make input in the choice of amenities being provided for them for a greater impact on the end users.
According to a commercial bus driver, Mr Silas Okechukwu there was need for local content in the execution of roads, as it would contribute in ensuring that projects delivered were of high quality.
He urged states and the federal governments to take advantage of the dry season to give attention to the nation’s road infrastructure to ease the movement of people in view of the fast approaching festive season.
Efforts to speak to the contractor handling the project was unsuccessful as he could not be reached at the site.