The government of Edo State, on Monday, embarked on a clean-up process at
Ring Road as part of the implementation of the ‘Edo Clean-up’ Project
aimed at decongesting major areas in the city centre and restoring order
and sanity to the metropolis.
The process, which was executed by the state’s Task Force on Environmental
Sanitation, was ordered by Governor Godwin Obaseki, who has demanded the
restoration of the serenity of the affected areas in the state capital.
Some residents hailed the sanitisation measures, with Johnson Omoregie, a
businessman and lawyer describing the former situation as sickening and
making nonsense of the amount spent by the last administration on
beautifying the affected areas, especially Ring Road.
For his part, Tony Obinne, a trader, praised clean up the areas calling
for sustainability because negligence by the task force slacked would
encourage the scourge to return.
In addition, motorists hailed the clean-up as it facilitated smooth flow
of traffic. They, however, pleaded with the government to open new markets
for the displaced traders and ensure that all traders in the state stayed
within market parameters.
“Before, the refuse dumped everywhere would block the drainages
constructed by Oshiomhole, which reduced the incidents of floods in the
affected areas. Now that the rains are here, the government’s measures are
timely. The street traders may prove stubborn people, so the government
must use ‘iron hands’ if it wants result,” a resident and housewife, Madam
Grace Ikpokpoh warned.