By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Government of Edo State has commended the Federal Government on efforts being made to fix the perennial erosion problem in Ekpoma , Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki gave the commendation when he received in audience a team of officers of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing led by the Director Highway Design Road for the South South Zone. Engr. Oluropo Oyetade during a courtesy visit yesterday.
Governor Obaseki assured that Edo State Government would give the required support and cooperation to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to commence and deliver the erosion control project at the Ekpoma stretch of the dual carriageway from Obajana to Benin City.
A statement signed by Stephen Kilebi Deputy Director (Press) said Governor Obaseki assured that his government would help to sensitize the people on structures to be demolished and compensated for the smooth take-off and completion of the erosion control project in Ekpoma.
The Governor stressed the need for the Federal Government to fix the bad portions of arterial roads within and outside Edo State because of their social economic importance.
Some of the arterial roads among others identified by Governor Obaseki to be rehabilitated for easy flow of traffic are: Okene to Benin, Sapele – Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt – Onitsha , Agbo –Okene roads.
The Governor noted that the entry points to most of the arterial roads were bad and should be rehabilitated as a matter of national emergency.
He commended the efforts being made by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for the on-going construction and rehabilitation of the dual carriage road from Obajana junction in Kogi state to Benin City, the Edo state capital .
Speaking earlier Engr. Oluropo Oyetade said that the purpose of their visit was to brief the Executive Governor of Edo State the plan of the Ministry to fix the perennial erosion problem at the Ekpoma axis of the Obajana –Benin dual carriage way and inspect the site of the project.
Engr Oyetade also sought for the support and cooperation of the Edo State Government in sensitizing the people on structures that would be demolished and compensated for the smooth execution of the erosion control challenge.
Engineer Oyetade assured the governor that frantic efforts were being made by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to fix the failed portions of on the Obajana – Benin City dual carriage way for free flow of traffic during the 2019 yuletide.
He also assured that at least one alignment of the four sections dual carriage way would be delivered by the Federal Government on or before June 2020.