Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, today commissioned another road project in Benin City as part of activities to mark the 5th anniversary of his administration, saying a leader should be able to assess his acceptability not on propaganda but on facts.
Last Friday, the Governor had commissioned four projects off the Airport road and the five Junction project which consists of a roundabout, massive underground drains and street lights.
While commissioning the Princess Ukponwan Ezomo street today, Oshiomhole said, “the real challenge was that we won’t do any road until we are able to deal with the flooding problem, because if you do not address the flooding issue and you put laterite, before you get home the first rain would have washed the whole thing away. So we knew we won’t be able to solve this problem until we have solved this flooding problem along the Airport Road.
“I need you to remember that there are two forces in this state; the forces of progress with eyes, ears the force of light with vision and forces of retrogression. They have neither eyes nor ears. They worship the devil and they invoke the spirit of the devil.
“One of our journalists interviewed the Chairman of the opposition party to ask for his views of my stewardship. And the Chairman said to him I have done nothing in the state, absolutely nothing. The reporter asked the Chairman what about Akpakpava Road, that was the first road we expanded to six lanes, with walkways complete with street lights, which I believe was the very first street light anywhere in Edo State.
“For this kind of people they need our sympathy. They need our sympathy because for too long they privatised and feasted on our resources; for long they used our people, for long they demoralised our people and destroyed the foundation of our state, they pretended as if they were invisible. They intimidated and killed opponents. They did all of the terrible things for which they will account to God hereafter”, he said.
Oshiomhole said “we must remain focused. We will keep them angry and hungry. Once we stop them from bleeding the state they must cry. If they don’t cry, it means we have started doing the wrong thing.
“As far as our record show, this job took under a year. This job commenced in my second term and we have finished it within the first year of my second term. This is true of the other streets we commissioned on Friday. We started them in my second term and we finished them within the first year”, he added.
The Governor continued, “Edo people can also testify that the five junction which the Crown Prince graciously helped to commission, the design took place in the last term. We completed the design and started working on it and before the end of the first year of my second term the five junctions was completed.
“For us we keep going and we still have more roads to commission. If we decide to commission one road or school over the next one year, we have so many of them, hospitals, lights in rural areas to commission across the eighteen local government areas.”
In his remark, a Community leader in the area, Hon Charlie Idahosa thanked the governor for rescuing the community from the devastating effect of erosion and bad road.
He said “we want to thank the governor for the miracle he has done in our community. I want to thank you because the information was going round that you are commissioning roads that have previously been constructed. This does not apply to this street.
“This street has never been constructed. To see this road today is a miracle. Those who don’t know would say it was constructed before. We have never had any work on this road”, he noted.
In a welcome address, the Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities, Prince Clem Agba said the road is one of the twenty-six storm water associated roads.
“This project started last year and was completed before the end of the first year in the second tenure. This project was conceived, designed and executed by Edo State Government under the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole”, he added.