By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN — Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, has berated operatives of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, over the number of abandoned lorries by Ovia River, on the Benin-Shagamu Expressway, lamenting that the situation had led to several accidents on that axis.
The Minister, who witnessed two accidents at the Ovia River while inspecting on-going work on the Beniin-Ore Expressway, described the situation as unacceptable and threatened to report the matter to the Corps Marshall of FRSC.
He said: “What we saw on the Ovia Bridge is very disturbing. We witnessed two accidents there and FRSC personnel were not there to attend to them, but few kilometres from the spot, you have an FRSC point. This is unacceptable and I am going to take up the issue with FRSC Corps Marshall.”
Speaking on the commitment of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to deliver on the Africa highway project, the Minister, who said the first and second phases of the Sagamu-Benin Road rehabilitation work would be completed by March 2012, added that the third phase would commence immediately after.
He said: “The road is part of the Trans-Africa Highway beginning from the Lagos coast, through Ore, Benin, to Mombassa (Kenya). You will recall that Mr. President in his nationwide speech, said his administration would deliver on its transformational agenda.
“The project started years ago, and it is on schedule. The major problem here is the Ovia River Bridge head and how we can reduce carnage and deaths on that axis. We had approved the construction of barriers to prevent vehicles diving into the river.”