The House of Representatives urged the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing to embark on the reconstruction of the Warri-Sapele-Benin and Sapele-Agbor roads, while urging the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to deploy more of men on the roads to protect citizens against attacks.
The Chamber launched the call in plenary on Tuesday after the unanimous adoption of a motion submitted jointly by two members, Ben Igbakpa and Anthony Afe, titled “Need to rebuild the Warri-Sapele-Benin and Sapele- Amukpe to Agbor in the Delta”. State.’
In the motion presented by Igbakpa, lawmakers noted that the importance of road infrastructure in socio-economic development cannot be overstated, thus reiterating the need to reconstruct the “preparatory” roads Warri-Sapele-Benin and Sapele- Amukpe-Agbor. which serve Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States, along with other South-South States in particular and Nigeria in general.
According to lawmakers, the approximately 104.5 km long main road was constructed 27 years ago and is the preferred route for articulated vehicles used to transport oil and gas operating from Delta State to other parts of Nigeria.
They pointed out that “similar roads in the country which are not as important as the Warri-Sapele-Benin and Sapele-Amukpe roads in Agbor built during the same period had undergone rehabilitation, while Warri-Sapele-Benin and Sapele-Amukpe-Agbor roads, through which the country derives its source of wealth, and are left in a state of total disrepair”.
The motion said in part: “The House is disturbed by the suffering of the people who are plying the road, and the cries of loss of man-hours when a one-hour journey now takes about eight hours because of the deplorable state of the road; thus paralyzing the socio-economic activities of the area. The road is a federal road and the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has spent billions of naira to repair some affected parts of the road but with the recent statement by the federal government which ordered the states to ceasing to intervene on federal highways has forced the state to refrain from repairing highways, leaving the highway in a state of total disrepair.
“The Chamber is concerned that criminals have taken advantage of the deplorable state of the road to rob, kill and kidnap road users and motorists along the highways.