… Over 25-kilometer projects to cost over N5bn
In continuation of the Edo State government’s aggressive drive towards the development of new towns and opening up of the suburbs, Governor Godwin Obaseki has awarded contracts for the construction of some strategic roads in the state.
The over 25-kilometer roads are 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.
The roads on completion will enhance human and vehicular movement from Saint Saviour to Agbor Road Bypass and between Upper Sokponba Road and Sapele Road.
The contracts were awarded at the weekly Executive Council meeting, presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Reports of the contracts have been hailed by officials of the state and Benin City residents who expressed joy, noting that the news is a source of relief for residents of St. Saviour and environs as well as people in Sapele road area that have been grappling with the heavy vehicular traffic which often result in terrible congestion.
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 hailed by Benin City residents.
The road projects complement the Governor Godwin Obaseki’s increasing investment in critical infrastructure across the state, which has seen a spike in road construction, expected to support the governor’s industrialisation drive.