#Protesters Berate FG, State Over Poor Condition Of Benin-Sapele Highway

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RESIDENTS and road users on Tuesday took over the bad portion of the Benin–Sapele Road near the by-pass popularly called Setraco Junction to protest the dilapidated state of road.

The bad portion on that road had adversely affected the smooth drive from Benin City to Sapele, Warri and other places in Delta State.

The protesters expressed their disappointment in the Federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, even as they accused the state government of insensitivity to the plight of the people.

They argued that the Edo State Government could have fixed that portion of the road to the benefit of the people and get a refund from the Federal Government.

Led by human rights activist, Patrick Eholor, the protesters carried placards with various inscriptions and vowed to continue the protest until the road was fixed.

Eholor said, “We are tired of insensitivity of the government to the plight of the people. We must remind them of their responsibilities. We will make sure that we shut this road. They think that we are going to continue to suffer and smile.

“We are saying to Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works, that if your hands are tied because President Buhari has failed to do the needful, then resign or else, we are not leaving this road.”

He added, “Governor Godwin Obaseki ought to have informed the state House of Assembly and then refer the issue to the National Assembly through our representatives. People are dying and businesses have been destroyed because of the poor state of this road.”

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