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Umahi Assures Of Resumption Of Work On Benin-Ekpoma-Abuja Highway

The Minister of Works, Engr. Dave Umahi has assured resumption of works on the Benin-Ekpoma-Abuja highway, which has become a dead-trap lately.

The Minister’s assurance is coming after a group known as Concerned Edo Citizens staged a protest a few weeks ago to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the deplorable condition of the road.

The Concerned Edo Citizens was a group formed by the heavy-duty truck drivers’ union across the Edo North district to galvanize support for the protest.

Umahi, who was at the popular Jattu Junction in Auchi, where the protesters have turned into the epicentre to vent their displeasure about the state of the road, said the Federal Government feels the pains and agony motorists and commuters pass through in the course of plying the road.

The minister, who had arrived at the scene of the protest, late Saturday evening, accompanied by the Edo State Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, Ethan Uzamere, promised that work would commence on the road which links the South and North.

Umahi, while assuring the protesters that work would resume within the next two weeks, also promised to accelerate reconstruction work on the road.

He further promised to be on the ground every two weeks to supervise and ensure the contractor handling the project sticks to design and quality, including the construction of the pedestrian bridge at Jattu Junction.

The minister said the peaceful manner in which the protesters comported themselves in venting their anger was one of the factors that made Mr President give presidential directives that the four construction companies handling the project should return to the site next week.

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