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Edo begins asphalting of 5.7km roads

By Precious Akpos
21 February 2022   |   3:55 am
The Edo State Government has commenced the asphalting of about 5.7 kilometres of roads within the Benin metropolis.

The Edo State Government has commenced the asphalting of about 5.7 kilometres of roads within the Benin metropolis.

The project was through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP). NEWMAP Project Coordinator, Dr. Tom Obaseki, said the project is in line with the government’s infrastructural development efforts aimed at improving the living standards of the people, ensuring that host communities are better off than they were before intervention.

He said: “The Edo State government has commenced the restoration and laying of asphalt on roads excavated in the course of construction of underground stormwater conduit drainage at its Gapiona flood erosion alleviation work.

“The project will be asphalting about 5.7km of roads within the G.R.A, in Benin City. Among the roads already asphalted are Imuwahien Street, off Gapiona and Edosomwan Street in Gapiona Area of Government Reserve Area (GRA), Benin City.”

Obaseki, however, assured that the government, through NEWMAP, will sustain efforts to transform the lives of Edo residents and positively impact communities across the state.

The Edo State NEWMAP-Gapiona flood alleviation work started from Upper Adesuwa, close to Godwin Omonuwa Housing Estate, which formerly suffered yearly flooding and running through Gapiona axis to Abuja Quarters in Ugbor, down to Iguokhuen, all within the Benin metropolis.

NEWMAP has completed over 14km of stormwater conduit concrete work from these areas down to Ebo Village and Ogumwenyin Community in the GRA.

The project, apart from the underground concrete conduit, has constructed several attenuation ponds to collect stormwater along the conduit drainage to a safe discharge point away from human habitation.