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Following the horrible portions hindering the free-flow of traffic along the busy Warri-Sapele axis of the Benin-Warri dual carriage express road, touts have begun to extort money from motorists.
The street urchins, TribuneOnline gathered, stationed themselves at a spot on Adejeh road which serves as an alternative route for motorists coming to and from Benin to Warri.
A driver with a popular national daily identified as Mr Saliu told TribuneOnline on Friday that he had a rough time with the hoodlums when he took the alternative route while on his way from Benin.
“They forcefully stopped me early this morning and harassed me, insisting I must part with N1,000 before I could be given access to continuing my journey to Warri.
“All my please fell flat before the ‘high in drugs’ guys and I was forcefully extorted of N1,000 after they threatened to beat me up,” the driver disclosed.
TribuneOnline had earlier in the week reported the plights of users of the economic road that links four Niger Delta states of Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile, a member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rev. Francis Ejiroghene Waive, has called on the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to fix all federal roads in Delta State.
The cleric-turned-politician decried the deplorable state of the roads, declaring them as impassible.
Waive, who is the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Power, particularly lamented the failed portion of the Adeje section of the Warri/Effurun-Benin Highway in Okpe Local Area of Delta State.
The Reps member, in a statement on Friday, stated that the Adeje axis in the Sapele-Effurun section of the road was in a critical state, considering the fact that the road links the south-south region to the other parts of the country.
Hon. Waive, while charging FERMA authorities to declare a state of emergency on major federal roads for repairs and maintenance, expressed concerns over agonising moments motorist and commuters plying these roads go through daily, which has resulted in too many avoidable deaths.
He posited that Ughelli-Asaba, Warri-Benin, Warri-Agbor expressways and Sapele-Eku road has dilapidated due largely to lack of consistent maintenance over the years considering the volume of traffic on the roads.
“Majority of the Federal roads within and leading to Delta State are in a deplorable state and there have not been major maintenance on most of these road s and the continued usage of the roads by travellers and the carriage of goods and services has dilapidated the roads.
He explained that Delta State being an oil-producing state and its resources attract investors, needs uninterrupted and easy access to facilitate the transportation of crude oil and should have a motorable road to avoid the massive explosion that can lead to loss of lives and properties.
Hon. Waive noted that FERMA State offices are ill-equipped to handle some of the major maintenance works and ostensibly effect repairs on the roads as they are in very bad shape.
He stressed that “with the current situation of the roads, the continual patching of potholes cannot help the condition of the road as it has depreciated far above patching
He added that “with the deplorable state of these roads, my constituents have suffered a lot of untold hardship as mobility has become a nightmare, and the condition of these roads which has brought economic activities to a standstill.
“The terrible state of the road has resulted to untimely deaths of innocent Nigerians and foreigners through avoidable accidents and also resulted in poor productivity of workers as immeasurable man-hours are lost in traffic on a daily basis.
“The experience navigates in that Warri-Benin Expressway during rainy season becomes more terrible as vehicles breakdown, heavy-duty trucks overturn or get stuck in the mud while motorists disembark at very terrible sections of the roads to push rickety and articulated vehicles thereby causing traffic gridlock on the roads.
He stated further that; “the spate of accident on these roads has more than doubled over the years, ostensibly due to appalling state of the road, when going to Warri from Benin, you constantly have to switch lanes when you get to the bad spots and some drivers are not used to the road and they do not expect that a dual carriageway could suddenly become single-lane. And this road has become a death trap for travellers.
Waive stated also that the situation was giving rise to “armed hoodlums who are capitalizing on the state of the Warri- Benin expressway road to rob and maim hapless travellers at the bad spots, as they are aware that motorists would need to slow down to navigate the dreadful portion of the road.”
Delta state shut all land borders amidst covid-19 pandemic
Delta state shut all land borders amidst covid-19 pandemic.
The Delta State governor Dr. Ifeanyi Author Okowa announce days ago about the movement in Delta State and Promise to protect his people from the famous virus CORONAVIRUS aka Covid-19.
The wise one says “Prevention is better than Cure”
The governor took a strong decision which lead to closure of all border lead In and Out of the state.
Dspz- Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro Postpone 1st Semester Examination 2020
DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT(SUG)
DELTA STATE POLYTECHNIC OZORO.
UPON THE CONFIRMATION FROM THE DEAN STUDENT AFFAIRS
SNR COMRADE THOMAS OJUYE
About postpone of 1st Semester Examination that was to Start on 23th March 2020.
This is to inform all student of DSPZ that the exam has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the outbreak of coronal virus disease/COVID 19 worldwide.
The date for the exam will be communicated to us in due time.
We are all advices to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this disease while the federal government are working on getting a permanent solutions to the disease.
Thanks and God bless you all
Tears Flow As Urhobo Community Rebury Exhumed Corpses Of Murdered Indigenes By Suspected Herdsmen
The 10 exhumed bodies of farmers reportedly killed by herdsmen in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North council area of Delta state, were on Thursday, finally laid to rest.
The ceremony, which was conducted amidst tears and curses, took place in Agadama, one of the affected communities.
The deceased were laid in white caskets while a brief Christian service was held in their honour.
Nine were buried in a central tomb built for the victims few metres away from the Agadama Secondary School while one of the deceased, who hailed from Ofoni, an Urhobo community in Bayelsa State, was taken home after the service for burial.
Dozens of sympathisers, including youths, were said to have crowded the Ughelli Central Hospital morgue, where the victims had been deposited for autopsy analysis.
The autopsy, which affirmed that they were shot dead by herdsmen, was reportedly conducted on the bodies at about 10:45am.
Persons suspected to be herdsmen had attacked five communities in Uwheru kingdom mid February, killing and burning 10 farmers in the shallow graves.
Among the victims buried were Dennis Itoje, Philip Emesharueke, Arhiakpore Steven, Oghenekparobo Emmanuel, Andrew Itiroghene Useh, Ochuko Ovwanre, Samson Coach Ogheneoruese, Kotor Boy, Abura Ejuweyere and Freeborn Isreal.
A delegation of the apex socio-cultural body of the Urhobo people worldwide, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), attended the ceremony.
The people of the kingdom took swipes on the Federal government and security agencies for treating herdsmen attacks on their communities lightly.
Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Patrick Muoboghare, decried the killing of the victims by herdsmen, stating that their kinsmen can no longer go to their farm lands owing to the onslaught.
According to him, the arm-wielding herdsmen, who killed the deceased farmers were Fulani herdsmen from Mali, Chad and other parts of Africa.
He urged the Federal Government to ensure that the herdsmen were evacuated from their communities to enable their farmers return to their means of livelihood.
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