Gov Okowa wants the federal government to reconstruct Benin-Warri highway

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He also urged the government to give urgent attention to the Agbor-Eku road within the state, which is also in a deplorable condition.

The governor made the call at an interdenominational thanksgiving service at Government House Chapel, Asaba, on Thursday, to mark the independence anniversary of the country.

He said that the poor state of roads had accounted for loss of many lives and goods in accidents and robberies.

The governor assured that as soon as the rainy season was over, work on Warri storm drainage project and concrete tarring of some roads in the area would commence, affirming that his administration is committed to giving equal attention to every part of the state.

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

I will use this opportunity to appeal to the federal government to attend to the Benin-Warri road; it requires total reconstruction.

“The interventions we have been doing over the years definitely cannot bring any solutions at the moment.

“We will see what we can do as soon as the rains are over, but that road requires total reconstruction. It is beyond our limit as a state and we hope that the federal government will look into that.

“Between Agbor and Eku has been very bad too, and almost impassable. We intervened in 2019, a palliative intervention; in 2018 we also intervened on that road. We intend to intervene soon after the rains.

“We have been talking with the Federal Ministry of Works but that road (Agbor/Eku) is already under contract but that contract is slowed down because of paucity of funds at the federal level to meet with the needs of the construction.

“So, what we have to do is just to do a palliative touch that can get the road motorable, hoping that funds will be available for the government at the federal level to drive the contract because both roads (Benin/Warri and Agbor/Eku) are federal roads.

“We will continue to do our best. I believe that the work on Ughelli-Kwale-Asaba dualisation is going on as fast as it is humanly possible. We will continue to do our best to fund that road,” he said.

Transportation minister Amaechi (left) and Gov Okowa in Delta State (Delta State press corps)

The governor also reminded Nigerians about the need to use the independence celebration to reflect on the journey so far and come out with workable plans on how to retool the nation in a way that the interest of the nation would take centre stage above other considerations.

The governor expressed worry that the population explosion in the country is at variance with economic growth of the nation, hence the need to comprehensively fashion out ways to meaningfully engage youths rather than allow them to become security risks.

Source: Pulse Nigeria.

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