By Joy Odigie
Ihevbe (Edo) – Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has advised communities to protect public assets and infrastructures within their domain.
The governor made the call at Ihevbe community, Owan-East Local Government Area of the state, on Thursday during the inspection of a failed portion of the Ilhevbe-Afuze road.
Obaseki attributed the collapse of the road to the blockage of the drainage system around the Ihevbe axis of the road.
He, therefore, directed the council officials at Afuze, headquarters of the local government to put up a barricade on the failed road portion, to avoid accidents.
He said that the cost of fixing the road would be deducted from the council’s account for failing to carry out basic sanitation responsibilities, including clearing the drains.
Obaseki also inspected progress of the rehabilitation work at Okagboro and Ogbuje-Uzeba roads all in Owan-West Local Government.
He had earlier inspected the progress of work at the 4.5-km Agebde town road and the 25-km Agbede-Awain road in Estako West Local Government.
Obaseki said that the Agbede-Awain project was a new road designed to create access and open up the large expanse of land for agricultural purposes.
He said that lots of investors were willing to take advantage of the fertile land in the area for agricultural activities, hence his administration’s determination to fast track the project.
The governor also expressed optimism that the contractor handling the project would deliver on the 18-month time line going by the level of progress made so far.