Following the award of contracts for the construction of over 25 kilometre-road spanning St. Saviour-Oba-Obazagbon-Obadoloivbiyeyi communities to Idogbo/Agbor Road Bypass and PZ-Okabere-Oka Market-Upper Sokponba Road, by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, residents in the area in Benin City, are caught up in a jubilant mood, lauding the governor for the projects.The state government in recent times has awarded contracts for the construction of major roads in the state, in a renewed effort to connect communities and impact the lives of people in the state.
A resident of St. Saviour area in Benin City, Osunde Godwin, commended the governor for awarding the contract for the reconstruction of St Saviour Road, noting, “the step taken by the governor will bring an end to our suffering and it is highly commendable. The construction of the road will revive economic activities in the area, which was cut off from other parts of the town.”
Another resident, Mrs. Agnes Lucky said, “At a point, we in this area wondered when Governor Obaseki would extend his ‘wake and see’ gesture to our area and fix the deplorable roads. Now that the governor has taken us all by surprise, I would not be surprised if I see the contractors on site soon.”
She added, “I commend the governor for awarding the contract for the construction of the roads that were neglected in the past.”
Imadiyi Paul Osa who resides in Oka Community, said “I want to commend Governor Obaseki for the award of contract for the construction of the PZ-Okabere Road. With this project the governor now has my full support because he did not consider the fact that most residents of this area did not support his election as governor. He is indeed a true leader. When the road is constructed, we will be able to access Sapele Road with ease.”
Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki at the weekend, awarded the contracts for the construction of the over 25-kilometer roads cutting across Saint Saviour (4.4kilometer); Oba Community-Obazagbon Community-Obadoloivbiyeyi Community to Idogbo/Agbor Road Bypass (10.92 kilometer), both valued at N3.55bn; and the popular PZ- Ehioghae-Okabere-Oka Market Road, linking Sapele Road and Upper Sokponba Road (10.78 Kilometres), valued at N1.9bn.
According to Obaseki, “when completed, the roads would not only ease human and vehicle movement in the metropolis, but decongest Upper Sokponba and Sapele roads, and provide alternative route to residents who want to connect the Bypass.
The governor who assured that the state government has invested in making necessary infrastructure available to make life comfortable for Edo people and residents, maintained that more efforts would be committed to building critical roads and other support structures to not only improve the ease of doing business but also impact on the lives of the people.
The roads would also enhance access to the Emotan Gardens Estate, an ambitious 1800-unit residential estate supported by the state government.
The project follows closely behind the award of contract for the construction of the Ugbor-Amagba Road, which was also hailed by Benin City residents.