By Stephanie Odiete, Sapele
The Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon Chief Eugene Inoaghan has commenced the rehabilitation of the failed portions of old Sapele/ Warri Road (Amukpe Garage).
The council boss went on to inspect the extent of work done on Wednesday September 22nd, 2021 which had commenced on Monday September 20th.
Speaking during the inspection, the chairman said that despite the huge cost of the project, his administration was ready to ease the nightmare motorists go through on a daily basis since the road became faulty, adding that he will soon commenced rehabilitation on the Sapele/ Benin Road by the Okirighwre Army Check Point as well.
Eugene further stated that the ultimate objective of the rehabilitation of the two hundred metres of the failed portion road is to ultimately reduce traffic congestion for commuters, adding that the road would be rehabilitated to standard.
The Sapele council boss maintained that though the road is a federal road, his administration has resolve to do the rehabilitation despite paucity of funds.
“This administration has a lot of work to do, and we won’t relent in our effort to bring the dividends of democracy to Sapele people, just as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is doing for the state, this portion of failed road is very critical to the people of Amukpe and Sapele in general.
The project engineer and head of works, Sapele Local Government Area, Engineer Matthew Okotie who also spoke to Journalist said the idea to rehabilitate the road was conceived months ago, adding that the LG chair had insisted on a quality job “you can see for yourself how the quality is and we are still adding another stone base before we will undertake the final part” he said.
Hon. Henry Temisan, the councillor of ward twelve hailed the idea to rehabilitate the road, insisting it was the best thing to happen to people of the ward and road users. “you can see how happy, we all are at the rehabilitation, we must thank the Council boss for undertaking the project. He did not look at it as a Federal road, he took time to commit fund to the job and what we have seen so far is commendable’.
In continuation, he said that the Sapele-Benin Road by the Okirighwre Army Check Point would be done to standard, “like this one as well”.
Meanwhile, some motorists who spoke to newsmen during the inspection hailed the chairman for his decision to rehabilitate the road, stressing that so far so good he has fulfilled his promises.
Mrs Margaret Umukoro, a petty trader commended the Council Chairman for his efforts, hitherto, it was very difficult to convey farm produce to the market because of the bad road, she added.
Mr Isaac Okoro, a keke rider who also spoke to newsmen commended the Council boss for rehiabilitating the 200 metres Old Sapele Warri Road (Amukpe Garage), noting that the road was in a deplorable condition before the intervention.