AGENE GODWIN, Benin
Edo State Government has said it would pay compensation to owners of properties which were demolished in the course of the road construction along the Ugbowo axis of the state.
The government also added that over 600 km of roads have been constructed within the last seven years of the GovernorAdams Oshiomhole-led government.
State Commissioner for Works, Mr Osarodionn Ogie who disclosed this on Wednesday while fielding questions from newsmen after the inspection of some road projects in the state Capital said there were also a number of ongoing road projects across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Ogie stressed that in spite of the financial crunch, the government was committed to the completion of these projects before the November 12 exit date of the administration.
He said: “All our projects are on schedule. Some have attained over 90 per cent completion while most of them are over 50 per cent.
“We are working on such a way that the rains set in, most of these roads projects would have been completed. In spite of the financial challenges being faced by most states of the federation, we are meeting with all our contractual commitment to be Abe to have these projects delivered on scheduled.
“We are able to do this because we have been very prudent in the management of resources.Many people will not understand the volume of work we are doing until they go out to see for themselves.
“We are working on some roads in Edo Central senatorial district, in the South we have roads projects going on, and so also in the North. We have ongoing road projects virtually in all council areas of the state.
“As the commissioner for works, I don’t think I can name all these roads. They are so many that I have lost count of them.”
Speaking on other roads that need government attention, Ogie said, “we are handling so many roads now and want to complete them. We would have loved to start work on others that needs the attention of the government. But people should know that we are working based on the resources available to us now,” he said.
On the protest over non-compensation by some persons, Ogie said government would effect payment once all issues of valuation was sorted out.
“The issue have been long standing even before I became the commissioner for works.
“My findings show that at the time of construction when this compensation should have been paid, there were issues of valuation. People should know also that the matter of compensation does not solely lies with the Ministry of Works. The Ministry of Land is also involved.
“The ministry of land is responsible for the valuation before those that needed to be compensated are paid. Except you get the issue of valuation resolved, you can’t get government’s commitment to pay,” he stated.