The Warri Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on the Federal Government to urgently fix the failed portions on the Warri/Benin Expressway.
In a statement issued and signed by Mr. Okies Okpomor Veeky and Mrs. Betty Idialu, chairman and Assistant Secretary respectively of the Warri Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists said that the call had become necessary to ameliorate the suffering motorists and commuters were going through 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 its deplorable state following the persistent outcry by motorist.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists Warri Correspondents Chapel noted that the road would sooner be cut off should urgent steps was 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 well as near Amukpe round about, Sapele.
According to the statement, “as a union, we can no longer keep mute while the Federal Government continues to neglect the only access road that link the West to the South South region of the county. The earlier government intervenes the better.
They recalled how some motorist had spent days on some bad spots on the road.
According to the statement, truck driver identified simply as Mr. Tunde who was conveying good 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.”
Mr. Tunde spoke further, “I want to plead with the Federal Government to please come to our aid. (Nigeria Union of Journalists)
Government is the only one we can cry to, we are really suffering and also losing money in this road.”
The Warri Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists 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 contractor to carry out some palliative repairs on the road failed portions of the road to ease the suffering of the people.