Edo suspends three local council administrators, restates ban on 30-tonne heavy duty vehicles

11 Oct 2022

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Caption: L-R: Edo State Commissioner for Youths and Humanitarian Affairs, Andrew Emwanta; Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare; Commissioner for Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Development, Isoken Omo, and Chairman, Taskforce on Internal Generated, Edo State Internal Revenue Service (EIRS), John Inegbedion, during a press briefing after the weekly State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at the Government House in Benin City.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has suspended three Heads of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) over negligence and dereliction of duty.

The Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly Executive Council (EXCO) meeting chaired by Governor Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City.

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The commissioner said the government’s ban of heavy duty vehicles of over 30 tonnes from plying state roads was still in force, noting that the local government heads were suspended for failing in their duties of protecting the government’s infrastructural assets.

He listed the suspended local government administrators to include the heads of Owan West, Owan East and Igueben local councils.

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Nehikhare said, “To protect our roads, we have placed a ban on articulated vehicles weighing up to 30 tonnes from plying state roads, as the roads are not designed to carry vehicles weighing over 30 tonnes. These heavy duty vehicles are destroying and damaging our roads, especially those carrying cement, petrol, and diesel.

“Our roads are not designed for such purposes. These heavy duty vehicles should use the Federal Government roads designed for such purposes.”

He added, “The Edo State Government has suspended three Heads of Service of three local government areas namely, Owan West, Owan East and Igueben. They have refused to keep to the directive of the government instructing them not to allow heavy duty vehicles to pass through their areas, despite the damage done to our roads.

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“Our roads are destroyed by travelers who don't contribute to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State but pass through these roads and damage our infrastructure. The federal roads are there and they should continue to use it.

We call on all appointees in these areas to stop these vehicles from destroying our roads.”