By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” THE Obozogbe-Niro, Ugboko Numagba, Idunwebo,Â Â Â Iguododo and other fifteen communities in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State have expressed gratitude to President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua for awarding contract for the construction of their road which linked them to Abudu, the administrative headquarters of the local government.
Vanguard was told that the 33-kilometre road was awarded by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) at a cost of N2.9 billion and is expected to be completed within 18 months.
The communities, at the end of their emergency meeting at Ugboko Numagba, yesterday, said the construction of the road, which was neglected by previous administrations, would speed development and stem rural-urban migration of youths.
Spokesman for the communities, Chief Emmanuel Igiebor however appealed to the Federal government not to starve the contractor handling the project of funds toÂ enable it complete the road project as and at when due.
While praising the federal government for engaging a competent indigenous contractor Messers Caesar Engineering and Construction firm, to handle the project, Chief Igiebor pledged that the affected communities would co-operate with the contractor by protecting its equipment from vandalisation as well ensuring that it succeeds.
He also expressed gratitude to the former NDDC Commissioner representing Edo state in the Commission, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen and Mr. Iguodala for working hard to ensure that the contract for the road construction was approved by the Presidency.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Enogie (Duke) of Ugboko Numagba, HRH Solomon Obamwonuyi Ogiomwode, described the approval of the road for construction by the government as the happiest moment in the lives of the affected communities.
He sued for the total support of the people in t he affected communities to co-operate with the contractor to ensure that works on the road succeeds.