• Edo lawmakers protest against poor state,
want contract revoked

Members of the Edo State House of Assembly,
at the weekend, protested against the poor
state of Benin-Lokoja Highway. Led by the
Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, the lawmakers called
on the Federal Government to revoke the
contract for the dualisation of the road
because the contractor had failed to meet up.
At Ekpoma, in Esan West Local Council Area,
Adjoto, described the road as worse than a
farm path and lamented the slow pace of work
by the contractors handling the construction.
“It is our view as an assembly that the contract
awarded to Dantata and Sawoe, Mother Cat and
Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) should
be revoked. He said many sections of the
highway had been completely cut off, while
long queues of vehicles were daily trapped on
the road, leaving the drivers and their
commuters helpless.

Since the road has become impassable,
commuters travelling from Benin City to Auchi
and Lokoja, have said that it has become a
death trap.Worst hit is the axis between Ehor
to Iruekpen and Ekpoma, which has become
almost completely impassable.

Vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks have now
diverted to Ighoneki, Ogwa Igueben axis, to
put more pressure on the road, which was
recently built by the state government.
According to some commuters, who spoke to
The Guardian, what used to be a two-hour
journey from Benin to Auchi, now takes close
to four hours.They narrated that vehicles have
resorted to meandering through Ifon in Ondo
State to Uzebba before connecting Auchi.
The lawmakers urged the Minister of Works,
Raji Fashola to expedite action on the road,
describing the condition as unacceptable.The
House summoned the contracting firms and the
Federal Controller of Works, Edo State to
appear before it today at a Committee-of-
Whole, to explain the delay in the
rehabilitation.

“We are dissatisfied with the federal controller
of works and we have resolved that the
contractors could no longer deceive us. It is
unacceptable for Edo residents to travel
through Ondo State when they are coming to
Edo North,” he said.
However, the Principal Resident Engineer in
charge of the Ekpoma axis of the road, Ishaku
Mamri, said he was not in the best position to
tell the lawmakers the alleged delay on the
work.

He said Dantata and Sawoe construction firm
was mobilised to the Ekpoma axis of the road
for a palliative work to address the traffic
challenges on the road.Also speaking, the
Project Site Supervisor for the Suleiman
Nasiru, said the initial contract awarded to the
firm was from Agbede, in Etsako West Local
Council to Ewu hill, in Esan Central Local
Council adding that the Ekpoma axis was
recently awarded to the company to address
the perennial traffic challenges in the area.


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