Works Minister Lauds Obaseki Over Collaborative Rehabilitation Works On Federal Roads

The Minister of Works and Housing, Engr. David Umahi has commended Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for his commitment to constructing durable concrete roads, underscoring the importance of collaborative efforts towards national progress.

Engr. Umahi made the commendation when he paid a courtesy call to the Governor during his two-day tour of ongoing construction work on federal roads in the state.

He added that Collaborative efforts and strategic planning are paving the way for a smoother and safer transit experience in the region. He emphasized the importance of concrete reinforcement in deteriorated sections and highlighted the government’s focus on long-lasting solutions for road construction.

The Minister who was accompanied by Edo State Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, Hon. Ethan Uzamere, inspected the Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi road.

On the Benin-Ehor-Ekpoma corridor, Engr. Umahi revoked 10km of the road project from Dantata and Sawoe Nig. Ltd due to concerns that were raised, prompting collaborative efforts with the state government and relevant stakeholders to address road blockages to ensure seamless transit.

The Minister also inspected failed portions of the Auchi Road where he assured that work on the major artery road linking Edo State with neighbouring states will commence in due course.

Engr. Umahi addressed protesters at Jattu junction assuring that work will resume within the next two weeks. He also promised accelerated work adding he would be on the ground every two weeks to supervise and ensure the contractors handling the project stick to design and quality, including the pedestrian bridge at Jattu junction.

While commending the protesters for the peaceful manner deployed to vent their frustrations, Engr Umahi noted that this was one factor that made Mr. President give a directive that the four construction companies handling the project should return to the site next week

Edo State Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, Engr Ethan Uzamere in an interview revealed the state government’s proactive approach to enhancing road infrastructure for the benefit of the people noting that the Minister’s visit was a great opportunity to showcase the state of dilapidated federal roads and suggest possible ways to address the problem.

Engr. Uzamere Commended the Minister for his proactive steps ahead of the rainy season and pledged the State government’s collaboration to tackle Agbede-Ekpoma-Irrua motorability issues.

He reiterated that Immediate remedial actions are set for the Benin-Auchi road with Dangote and Boa Cement. Additionally, Long-term plans involve road concessioning for sustainable infrastructure beyond the current administration.

In response to the pressing issues on Ekpoma Road, Engr Uzamere said a comprehensive plan has been proposed to alleviate the ongoing challenges. Additionally, a phased approach will be implemented, with one session dedicated to essential palliative measures, including the application of durable materials such as concrete.

He promised to contribute official land for the development project, noting that efforts will be directed towards engaging relevant authorities and community stakeholders to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted execution of the proposed improvements.

This collaborative approach is aimed at addressing the long-standing issues on Ekpoma Road and enhancing the overall infrastructure for the benefit of the community.

The Minister earlier inspected ongoing construction work on the Warri-Benin road where he threatened to revoke contracts of underperforming construction companies.


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