By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, has appealed to the Federal Government to assist Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the on-going rehabilitation and reconstruction of Federal and state roads in the state embarked upon by the state government.
The revered monarch, who made this appeal when he received the Minister of Works, Senator Sanusi Daggash and the Minister of State for Works, Mr Chris Ogienwonyi, at his palace weekend, argued that Benin City led to all the major zones in the country.
He said there was need for the Federal Government to assist in the rehabilitation of the bad roads which, according to him, had deteriorated into death traps.
According to him, â€œI am glad that when the minister spoke, he described the problems we are experiencing on these roads properly.
I wrote to successive ministers concerning the bad state of the roads because we have lost a lot of our sons and daughters on these roads but nothing was done.When former President Obasanjo was there, he made Iwuanyanwu FERMA boss. I phoned him and appealed to him to do something urgent about the Benin-Shagamu road.
â€œBut he replied that the money available to him was for just maintenance and not for serious reconstruction. Madueke (former Minister of Works) came and even wept on that road. I was told that work has started. I did a letter to her informing her to monitor the work so that it will not be abandoned. But I am happy something is happening now.
“But I want to appeal that the Federal Government should assist Governor Oshiomhole on the road work he is doing.”
â€œWhen he took over, he promised that he will ensure that the roads in Benin are done. And when he came he started it and we are happy. So please we will appreciate any assistance form the Federal Government to compliment his efforts.
Benin is central to all the regions and that is why we experience serious traffic hereâ€ he stated.
Senator Daggash, had earlier noted the problems in the Benin-Lagos road and expressed the desire of Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan to fix the road before the end of his tenure.
Daggash who later toured the entire stretch of the road, commended the quality of job being done by the contractors and assured that the road would be completed by 2011.