By Jeremiah Urowayino
Motorists plying the NPA Expressway, Ekpan, Warri, Delta State will soon heave a sigh of relief as the indiscriminate parking of tankers and trailers along thet road will soon be a thing of the past.
This is because the Delta State government has commenced the construction of an ultra-modern tankers and trailers park at Ekpan.
Residents of Nigercat Road, Ekpan in Uvwie LGA told Vanguard that the swam buggy of the Ministry of Transport began clearing work on the site of the park last Thursday.
Delta State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, who was on ground to supervise work at the site told journalists that the project, which is being executed by the state government through its Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) initiative, is very dear to the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
He explained that Governor Okowa is worried by the dangers and hazard caused by the indiscriminate parking of tankers and trailers along the NPA Expressway, adding that ”countless numbers of lives have been lost to accidents on that road and the heavy traffic gridlock caused by the indiscriminate parking of trucks along the road.
”Owing to the importance the governor places on the project, he has mandated the contractor handling the project to work day and night if possible to ensure its speedy completion.
”The ultra modern tankers park, when completed will contain one thousand trucks, which will take care of all the trucks in the area.
”When completed, no truck will be allowed to park along the road and anyone that contravenes this will have his truck confiscated.”
The Commissioner thanked the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Abe the first and the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Sir Bright Edejeghwro for their support in bringing the project to fruition.
He noted the project, when completed will boost socio-economic activities of the area and urged residents of the host community to cooperate with the contractor handling the project.
The District Chairman of Nigercat Quarter, Ekpan, Mr Stanley Ashubuga, who spoke on behalf of residents of the host community, expressed happiness at the take-off of the project.
He promised to cooperate with the contractor to ensure its speedy completion of the project.