Inhabitants of over 15 communities on the outskirts of Benin City, Edo State, who have been downcast for years, are in a bubbly mood, following the award of N5.45 billion contracts by Governor Godwin Obaseki for the reconstruction of a total of 25-kilometre roads linking their areas, abandoned for nearly 30 years by government, Vanguard reports.
The 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.
I had untimely delivery because of bad road—Magdalene A middle aged woman, who simply gave her name as Magdalene, told NDV that she had premature delivery because of the state of the road. Doctors were shocked when I went into labour in the eighth month of my pregnancy because of the rigorous shaking of my body due to the bad state of the road.
“Several persons, who had reason to rent apartments in the area, abandoned their apartments while some house owners left to become tenants in safer places. Many small businesses had to grapple for survival with continuous hope that one day, government would remember them,” she disclosed.