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Ize-Iyamu Blames Ugbowo Flooding On Oshiomhole

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Posted: Sep 6, 2016 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Francis Onoiribholo



Edo State Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Monday blamed the flood currently ravaging many parts of Ugbowo axis of the Benin-Ore Expressway on Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s refusal to listen to advice given to him by road construction engineers.

While faulting the construction of the two service lanes added to the road by the government of Oshiomhole, the PDP candidate said “the flooding of Ugbowo axis of the Benin-Ore Expressway would have been consigned to the past by now but for the refusal of the comrade governor to listen to expert advice”.

He pointed out that the governor added the service lane to the road in order to deceive the people of the state that it was his government that reconstructed parts of the expressway within the Benin metropolis.

Ize-Iyamu, who made the observation during a PDP rally held at Adolor Road in Egor Local Government Area of the state, said it was regrettable that a road such as the Adolor Road could be left untouched by Oshiomhole’s government.

“At a time the Federal Government was reconstructing the Ugbowo Road, Oshiomhole was campaigning for his second term election. He saw that it could affect his re-election, so he quickly went to the same contractor working on the road and asked them to help him put a lane by the sides of the road.

“He was advised to do the adjoining roads instead of adding a lane by the sides of the road. He, however, declined the advice given him because he wanted to create the impression that he was the one doing the Ugbowo Road.

“He was inspecting the road everyday to create this impression. The money spent on the side lanes he constructed could have done the adjoining roads such as Adolor Road. The so called extra lanes were unnecessary, the design was bad, the consequence is the flooding in the adjoining streets.”

The PDP candidate, who was joined by the Edo State chairman of the party at the campaign rally, Chief Dan Orbih, asked the people of the area to punish the APC and Governor Oshiomhole during the election, adding, “They have levied huge taxes upon you and asking you to vote for continuity and I want to assure you that if elected into office on Saturday I would prioritise the road”.

Reacting to the allegation, however, Edo State Commissioner for Information, Prince Kassim Afegbua, said the problem of flooding on the road was caused by the refusal of the contractors employed by the Federal Government to put side drains on the road.

According to him, “The problem of road in the entire Benin is the absence of drains as there are no primary or secondary drains to empty rain water. How will you say that someone who built a road with side drain is the cause of the problem?

“What we considered was to add additional lane on both sides to ease traffic. When we did our own, we put side drains and informed the Federal Government contractors working on the road to complement our effort to put side drains but they didn’t do that”, he said.