Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, easily the preferred candidate by Edo people to win the State governorship election, according to opinion polls, says that his government will review the Benin Storm Water Project and complete it within a reasonable period when he takes office as Governor of Edo state.
He also says that erosion reclamation projects across the state will be tackled to completion while all outstanding obligations to World Bank and other relevant agencies will be honoured.
The APC candidate speaking about the infrastructural development and urban renewal component of his manifesto, the Simple Agenda, in Benin City said that his government’s emphasis will be the reconstruction and rehabilitation of existing road networks with a view to bring the various communities back to life and improve environmental sanitation, public health and security of lives and properties.
He said, “all on-going projects will be completed to ensure value for taxpayers’ money”, while the rehabilitation of roads, particularly in the Local Government Councils shall be a policy directive to Council Chairmen and in conjunction with the State Government.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu added, “in specific terms, adequate funding will be extended to roads and drains within the local government areas. We will deploy both primary and secondary drains that will properly channel floodwaters”.
He said communities across the state shall also be encouraged to embark on self-help projects to which the LGAs and the state government shall contribute meaningfully.
The APC candidate also spoke of his coming government’s deliberate plan to create new towns and settlements around Benin City, the building of a second bridge to link Upper St. Saviour and Ikpoba Hill as well as the extension of the Airport Road across the bridge to Evbuodia-Utagba Village to join Ekenwan Barrack road by Ojemai farms.
And as part of efforts to allow motorists have a new experience and open up several communities to boost socio-economic integration between Edo North and Edo Central, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said the road traversing Auchi Polytechnic gate in South Ibie to Ekperi and Anegbette will be continued to Ugboha and Uromi.
While promising to, “construct some overhead Bridges in strategic locations across the state to decongest and ease traffic flow”, he said part of his government’s agreement with construction firms will be that they locate their plants and equipments in each senatorial district and, “draw their labour (skilled and unskilled) from host communities.
Meanwhile, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has said that an Edo State Road Maintenance Agency with full complements of earth moving equipment will be established to carry out regular maintenance of all the roads when he assumes office.