Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said his administration will not stop any of its old and new road projects even if the price of crude oil crashes to zero.
Speaking during the flagging-off of 10 kilometre Uzebba-Okpuje-Okabhor Road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State, less than 48 hours after similarly flagging-off another dual-carriage 7.5 kilometre intra-city roads in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo Central Senatorial District with a mobilization fund of N300 million, Mr. Oshiomhole vowed to complete his administration’s road projects before the end of his term.
He said, “Like I promised during the electioneering campaigns in 2007, I said I have not come to join people to lament the misrule of PDP. I have not come to shed tears about missed opportunities.
“I have come together with my colleagues on a rescue mission to show that whatever they said was not possible is possible and that everything they refused to do, we will try to do it.
“We started by building schools, and I am sure in this local government, you have what they now call the red roof schools. I am sure in a couple of places we have also sunk boreholes, and I am sure some of your sons and daughters who are working for Edo State Government, their salaries for May has been paid, and the wage has even been increased.”
“I can assure you it has been tough, and it is still tough. It might get even tougher in the very near future.”
“But there is nothing we have started in this state under my stewardship that we have abandoned. And therefore, this one is yet another project that we will complete. It will not be abandoned. Even if oil price crashes to zero, this road will be done.”
“We have already mobilized the contractor; so, we are not owing. And the contractor has Owan blood. He must ensure that this road is better than any other road that we have built, so that it will last much longer than twenty-five years; because, for me, a government must never deceive the citizens because we don’t settle for less than the best.”
Mr. Oshiomhole said he wants to be remembered as the governor in the history of Mid-West through Bendel to Edo State to have constructed roads in all the Local Government Areas of the state.
In a remark on behalf of his community, Richard Ofeimun extolled the virtues of the governor, especially for remembering the community in his development programme and promised that the people of Owan will never forget him.
“The chiefs and elders of this community and the entire people of our community: the youths, the elders and the women will continue to support your government and also ensure that your worthy successor for Edo State, come September 10, we are going to give our total support and loyalty,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor has reiterated that his government increased the subvention to the state-owned Ambrose Alli University from N100 million per month when he assumed duty to N254 million per month.
Answering the opposition PDP, which had accused him of commissioning some projects in the school allegedly built by the PTF, Mr. Oshiomhole said all the state commissioned projects were built from the monies his government released to the school for infrastructure purposes.
The governor also used the opportunity to clarify some criticisms on the newly built Edo University in Iyamho.
He expressed surprise at the fact that even people who in the past used the state’s funds to build universities for themselves, were also criticising him for building a university in Iyamoh, owned and operated by the state.
The governor concluded his work with an inspection of the newly completed Irrua-Igueben-Ebudin-Ugbekun-Ujogba Road and the also completed Ubiaja-Okhuesan-Emu-Ohordua-Ewatto-Ewohinmi-Igueben Road that has a bridge linking Emu and Ohordua.