- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the federal government to embark on a total reconstruction of the Benin-Warri highway
- The Delta governor also urged the government to give urgent attention to the Agbor-Eku road within the state
- The remarks were made by the governor during an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the independence anniversary
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As Nigeria marks 60 years of nationhood, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the federal government to embark on a total reconstruction of the Benin-Warri highway, saying the road has collapsed.
He also urged the government to give urgent attention to the Agbor-Eku road within the state, which he said is also in a deplorable condition.
The governor made the call at an interdenominational thanksgiving service at Government House Chapel, Asaba, on Thursday, October 1 to mark the independence anniversary of the country.
He said that the poor state of the roads had accounted for the loss of many lives and goods in accidents and robberies and also often resulted in the loss of man-hours through unending traffic snarls.
The governor assured that as soon as the rainy season was over, work on Warri storm drainage project and concrete tarring of some roads in the area would commence, affirming that his administration was committed to giving equal attention to every part of the state.
“I will use this opportunity to appeal to the federal government to attend to the Benin-Warri road; it requires total reconstruction.
“The interventions we have been doing over the years definitely cannot bring any solutions at the moment. We will see what we can do as soon as the rains are over, but that road requires total reconstruction. It is beyond our limit as a state and we hope that the federal government will look into that.
“Between Agbor and Eku has been very bad too, and almost impassable. We intervened in 2019, a palliative intervention; in 2018 we also intervened on that road. We intend to intervene soon after the rains.”
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa on Tuesday, September 29 commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his bi-partisan approach to governance which he said engendered the completion of the 326-kilometre Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line.
Okowa gave the commendation at the inauguration of the commercial operations of the facility and the railway ancillary facility yard at the Goodluck Jonathan railway complex, Owa-Oyibu in Ika northeast local government area of Delta State.
He expressed appreciation of Deltans and the people of Ika in particular, on the successful completion of the project under the watch of Buhari.
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