AKHERE Godwin, Benin
As the rainy season is fast approaching, the Edo State Rapid Response Agency has intensified efforts aimed at ensuring that broken intra and inter-city roads are made more motorable for commuters.
Our correspondent who monitored some of the roads being rehabilitated by the agency including the rehabilitated Golf Course Annex, Ikpokpan road, Akenzua street, Ewasede Street, SSS Headquarters, High court road GRA, Oza Street among others, have been properly tarred while major earth roads are also being sand filled and graded.
The agency disclosed that the intervention agency has spent not less than N100million in its ongoing road rehabilitation project across the Benin City metropolis. The agency added that it is sometimes constrained to carry out proper road construction due to the paucity of funds made available to it by the government.
Speaking with newsmen in Benin city, Wednesday, Hon. Austin Braimoh, SSA (Media) argued that most of the rehabilitation work done by the agency in the past failed due to what he described as “attempt to capture more roads.”
He said ” the reason most of these roads you have mentioned failed is because, we did palliative works, what we did was to identity the critical roads and depending on what is released to us by the governor to work with, we mobilise to site using direct labour.
“When we identify these roads based on demands by residents, we will compile and send the proposals to the governor. After due consideration, we might be given less than what is budgeted and what we do instead is to try and work on the roads based on palliative measures so as to relieve residents of such problems.
“You will agree with me that for a proper road reconstruction, you will require building drains alongside and for the kind of agency we run, it will only be proper that we try as much as possible to touch more lives and that is why we try to capture as many roads as possible while putting into consideration tax payers’ money being used judiciously.