1. PREAMBLE :
I have been following the Governor of Edo State , Mr Godwin Obaseki with keen interest since he assumed office last year. I have been writing , publicizing and showcasing his activities _ locally and internationally through my write ups on the social media.My consistent reportage of his giant strides in Edo under one year has won him a lot of followership from my over 5000 friends on social media. A teacher and pastor told me he did not vote in the last election. He told me himself, congregation and students will vote for Obaseki if he sought for reelection again.He told me his busy schedule as a teacher and pastor does not give him time to read newspapers and watch the TV often. According to him, it is from my Fb wall, whatsapp messages, tweets and instagram he gets his Daily News.
Another pastor and teacher commented and liked one of stories I did on the governor “. . this governor is gradually winning me over”” was the remark .
A professor in the University of Benin told me my Fb wall is not only educative , informative and interactive but also very robust and enriching . I can go on and on.
I have also written copiously about a Benin governor giving first class treatment to Akoko Edo . It is the first of its kind except that Late Hon Austin Nuse Omolaiye and Dr Irune who served Professor Ambrose Alli and successive military governors respectively based on their expertise. We are glad Obaseki is engaging some of our best brains like Taiwo Akerele, John Maiyaki, Monday Lawani, Don Umoru, Dennis Oloriegbe while Tony Aiyejina P.hD, Barr Bisi Idaomi, Helen Akpabio , Barr Bayo Omoh Bayo, Pst Johnson Momoh , G.T Olawole, Akinola Agbaje the other first eleven from Akoko Edo should also be engaged to contribute their quota towards the development of Edo State and Nigeria
I provided this lucitd background information before I begin the real story to let my critics know that I am not against the governor. I am only moved by the plight of my people who move daily on the road and a personal experience as a result of my recent tour of the six geo political zones by road.
2. EDO STATE ROADS
Majority of the Nigerian roads are bad . I travelled from Lampese through Ibillo/Auchi/Uromi/Ubiaja and came out through Delta State Government House in Delta State recently. It was a nightmare. We traveled in a 504 station wagon to Onitsha. Thrice we had to support the driver to get out each time he got stocked.All these are Federal Road used by Edo and Delta States indigenes mostly.
3. THE NEED FOR OBASEKI INTERVENTION
THE BENIN/EKPOMA/AUCHI AND LAMPESE/IBILLO/EKOR/IKIRAN OKE are Federal government roads .No doubt about that.The Vice Chairman , Senate Committee on Works Senator Clifford Odia is from Edo State, Irrua. Two super former ministers of Works _ Chief Tony Anenih and Arch.Mike Onolememhe are from there . Sen. Professor Osaremen Osunbor is also from there.
The State Governor needs to intervene urgently at this point since all the LEGISLATORS efforts to invoke their oversights legislative powers have not yielded the desired results .Apart from Benin City, the rest of Edo _ Central and North are on the axis where the roads have failed completely.
Our Organization have been receiving calls regarding the impact of heavy duty vehicular movement in around the northern axis of Akoko Edo LGA as a result of the failed portions of Lampese/Ibillo/Ekor/Ikiran Oke Road .
Very early this morning , our team set out for on the spot assessment and found out that the road is actually giving way.
This axis of the road include Lampese/Bekuma/Ekpedo/Ekpe/Makeke/Ojah/Uneme Osu/Dagbala/Ojirami/Akuku/Enwan/Igarra. Before now, the Ibillo/Ekor/Ekpesa township roads have been ravaged by this heavy duty vehicles. NICOMOOR, General Hospital , Agono and Ekun _ Ayo roads are also not spared!
The entire economic activities of Ekpoma/Akoko Edo are grounded.
The story of Auchi/Ikpeshi/Sasaro/Igarra/Aiyetoro/Uneme Nekhua/Aiyegunle/Ekpesa/Ibillo roads is no different. It is a gory sight
We therefore urge the Edo State Governor to intervene urgently the way former Gov. Ibro of Kogi State rehabilitated Lokoja/Ajaokuta/Ayangba/Enugu roads(Federal Road). The current Kogi State Governor , Yahaya Bello has just fixed Abuja/Lagos Express Way from Lokoja/Osara/Okene/Magongo road (Federal Road) , Former Governor Olusegun Mimiko fixed Isua/Ikare/Owo axis of Ondo State federal road. Wiike, Ambode, Ben Ayande are all fixing Federal roads for the benefits of their people.
There is nothing like federal people. It is Edo people who voted for you and pay taxes that use these roads. I am sure it is this philosophy that motivated the other GOVERNORS I made reference to fixed their bad roads for their people.
We therefore appeal passionately to you to urgently come to our aid as the bad Roads have skyrocketed the prices of goods, transportation fares and life is gradually becoming meaningless as the economic activities of the area pound and ground amidst heavy traffic gridlock daily.
It is our hope that the GOVERNOR AND HIS TEAM will expidite action on these ROADS as soon as they return from their economic Trip to Asia _ Indonesia.
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Written By Comrade Victor Arogunyo