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Ize-Iyamu faults Oshiomhole on roads construction


Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Osagie Ize-Iyamu

The standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has faulted some roads constructed by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

Ize-Iyamu made the condemnation at a rally in Adolor, in Egor Local Council area.

According to him, the flood on the Ugbowo axis of Benin-Ore expressway is an indication that no professional touch was put into the construction.

The candidate said the state government merely added two service lanes to the existing structure, to deceive the people that a fresh road had been reconstructed.

‎However, the state Commissioner for Information, Kassim Afegbua, explained that the flooding is caused by the refusal of the Federal Government contractors to include side drains on the road.

Afegbua said: “The problem of roads in the entire Benin City is the absence of drains, as there are no primary or secondary drains to empty rain water. How would you say someone who built a road with side drain is the cause of the problem?

“What we considered was to add additional lane on both sides to ease traffic. When we did the construction, we included side drains and informed the Federal Government’s contractors to complement our effort by constructing side drains, but they didn’t do that,” he said.

The PDP candidate had said it was unfortunate that Adolor Road could be so neglected by the Oshiomhole’s government.

According to Ize-Iyamu: “At a time the Federal Government was reconstructing the Ugbowo Road, Oshiomhole was campaigning for his second term election. But, when he realised that it could affect his re-election, he quickly mobilised the contractor to deceive the people by adding one lane to it.”

He said despite the fact that he was advised against it, he went ahead with the construction to deceive the people.

Ize-Iyamu said it was clear that the design of the so-called extra lanes was bad, hence the flooding in the adjoining streets.

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