The Warri Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on the Federal Government to urgently fixed the failed portions on the Benin/Sapele Expressway.
A statement issued on Saturday, August 8th, signed by Mr Okies Veeky and Mrs. Betty Idialu, chairman and Assistant Secretary respectively of the Warri Correspondents Chapel, said the call had become necessary to ameliorate the suffering motorists and commuters were undergoing on the ever busy road.
They disclosed that members of the chapel had carried out a tour of the road to ascertain the degree of it’s deplorable state, following the persistent outcry by motorists and the NUJ Warri Chapel noted that the road would sooner be cut off, if urgent steps were not taken to address it.
According to the statement, the worst affected part on the road was the stretch between Koko Junction in Delta State and parts of Ologbo in Edo State.
“As a union, we can no longer keep mute while the Federal Government continues to neglect the only access road that links the West to the South/South region of the country.
“The earlier government intervenes the better.”
They recalled how some motorists had spent days on some bad spots on the road.
According to the statement, a truck driver identified as simply as Mr, Tunde, who was conveying goods from Port Harcourt to Kano, had his truck stuck in one of the bad portions on the road.
Mr. Tunde had this to say, “I have spent almost one week in this Ologbo village because my truck ran into a ditch.
“I have been sleeping under the cold since waiting for another truck that will tow mine own from this ditch.
“I want to plead with the Federal Government to please come to our aid. Government is the only one we can cry to, we are really suffering and also losing money in this road.”
The Warri Correspondents Chapel of the NUJ further recalled that a similar situation had occurred in 2019 within the Adeje axis on the Warri/Sapele Expressway.
They, however, said that it took the intervention of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta to mobilize a contractor to carry out some palliative repairs on failed portions of the road to ease the suffering of the people.