AGENE GODWIN , Benin
Several communities in Uwessan, Irrua in Esan central local government
area of Edo state have appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to help them fix their deplorable road.
They bemoaned the deplorable condition of the road that has for years been neglected by previous administrations except for the recent intervention of the Niger Delta
Development Commission, NDDC, but a work considered to be poorly executed by the government agency.
Both residents and commuters plying the road have had to pass through what has been described as ‘HELL’ to get their agro products to the nearest market.
Residents fear that if nothing drastic is done by government now, the agrarian communities may be completely cut off from the outside world.
GPN’s investigations, however, reveal that an attempt was made by the NDDC to asphalt a section of the road which has since failed.
The Unuwazi-Ujabhole road is the only major road linking Uwessan to Uromi and Irrua and by extension Ubiaja and Ekpoma towns.
An indigene of the community, Akhere Ebojele said ‘‘the second road, Utako-Ujabhole –Ibhiolulu road have never been motor able since 1988.
“Uwessan people consist of Ibhiolulu, Ujabhole, Unogbo,Udomi, Ohe ,Afuda and Idumoza. It is important to note that Uwessan town occupies a significant part of present day Irrua. This
road is long overdue for construction,’’ he said.
‘’I also recalled that during the electioneering campaigns, the Governor, who was a candidate then made a promise to open up the villages and communities by addressing the deplorable roads linking
the various towns. I will want to believe that Governor Obaseki will be a father for all,” he said.