Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Edo community protests bad road, seeks FG's aid




Residents of Ibiwe community, Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, on Monday protested, at the state House of Assembly complex, Benin, against what they described as the deplorable condition of the major road in the area.

The residents, numbering over‎ 60, including women and children, carried placards bearing messages, many of which were written in Pidgin English, to express their grievances.
One of them, who identified himself as Mr. Bobe, said poor state of the road had continued to be a source of worry for‎ the residents, having been taken over by commercial buses and taxis plying the Uselu-Ugbowo and Benin-Lagos expressway, where the University of Benin is located.
He said, “The road is getting worse. While we were coming, there was a vehicle that got stuck there. In this month alone, we counted two or three accident, though there was no loss of life.
“It is difficult for us to gain access to our home.”
A market woman, Mrs. Abigail Ikechukwu, said the condition of the road had caused a drop in the sales among traders who own shops in the area, as consumers prefer to patronise stores located on accessible roads.
The Chairman of the community, Mr. Osorenren Igiehon, disclosed that several complaints and letters had been sent to relevant government authorities, including the state Ministry of Works and the local government council.
He, however, lamented that such calls were yet to yield meaningful results, a situation, he said, had subjected the residents to a seemingly endless hardship.
He, therefore, appealed to the leadership of the state House of Assembly to proffering lasting solution to alleviate their suffering, adding that many of the affected traders and residents were regular tax payers.
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