Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen
By Adibe Emenyonu
Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, has decried the abandonment of accidental vehicles on the highway, blaming operatives of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) for negligence and refusal to remove them.
Onolememen, who expressed the displeasure weekend during an inspection tour of the ongoing rehabilitation work on sections of the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, said members of the FRSC have developed the penchant to abandon vehicles that were involved in accidents which further compound problems on the highways.
The minister was angry after witnessing two accidents in less than 10 minutes on the spot at Ovia River bridge, which was occasioned by non-removal of earlier accidental vehicles from the scene of accidents, and threatened to report the activities of FRSC operatives to their Corps Marshal.
“What we saw on the Ovia Bridge is very disturbing. We saw two accidents there and FRSC is not there to attend to them, but few kilometres to the accident spot, you have FRSC point. This is unacceptable and I am going to take up the issue with FRSC Corps Marshal,” he said.
Speaking on the commitment of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to deliver on the Africa highway project, the minister during the inspection of the closing stages of the first and second phase of the Sagamu-Benin road rehabilitation work said the third phase will commence immediately after the completion of the first and second phase in March 2013.
According to him, “The road is part of the trans-Africa highway beginning from the Lagos coast, through Ore, Benin, to Mombassa (Kenya). You will recall that Mr. President in his nation-wide speech, said his administration will deliver on its transformation agenda.
“The project started years ago, and it is on schedule. The major problem here is the Ovia River bridge head, and how we can reduce carnage and killings around here. We have approved the construction of barriers to prevent vehicles falling into the river.
“By March 2013, stages one and two will be fully completed and the third from Ofosu to Ore, where a flyover bridge will be constructed will commence immediately.”