Senate assures of prompt compensation for property owners on Benin-Lokoja road

Lokoja-Benin highway
Lokoja-Benin highway

THE Senate on Tuesday assured that it would prevail on Federal Government to compensate persons whose property was affected by ongoing dualisation of Benin-Lokoja road.

Chairman Senate Committee on Works Sen. Adamu Aliero said this when he led members of the committee on an inspection tour of some projects in South-South.

Aliero while noting that there were quite a number of houses affected by the expansion and rehabilitation of the road, said that the committee would follow up with the Ministry of Works to ensure that the compensations were paid.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Benin-Lokoja road has four sections-  Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road, Ehor, Dualisation of Sapele-Agbor-Ewu road, Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road in Auchi-Ehor, Benin and Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Okene-Auchi Section.

According to Aliero, initially, some of the sections of the road were unduly delayed.

“However, when SUKUK Funding was introduced, work started moving at a very impressive speed.

“SUKUK is an arrangement by the federal government for a bond to fund critical roads in the country.

“We are hoping that within the next one and a half years, the road will be completed.

“We have asked the contractor to remobilise and get more labour and equipment to the site so that the work will be completed within the period given by the ministry,” he said.

Edo Controller Works, Mike Oke noted that there was still a lot of work outstanding due to the irregularity of funding.

“The completion of the project depends on funding. The contractors are on the ground. Once the money is made available to them regularly, then they will work,” he said.

Project Manager Mothercat Ltd, Joubran Saadeh said that the company would do its best to meet up with the scheduled period for completion.

He appreciated the federal government for regular budgetary allocation saying that it would help in expedite work at the site. (NAN)

– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |

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