Edo residents protest against deplorable state of infrastructure …

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Alexander Okere, Benin

Residents of Evbuotubu community, in the Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, on Monday staged a protest against the deplorable state of infrastructure in the area.

The residents, who carried placards, lamented that the community, said to be the second most populous in the area, had been neglected for too long.

They said the bad condition of the road, in addition to the irregular power supply, had not only subjected them to hardship but also threatened their means of livelihood.

The protesters also warned political parties planning to organise their campaigns in the area to steer clear until the needs of the residents were provided.

The protest grounded commercial activities and traffic in the area temporarily as some of the youths chanted anti-government songs.

One of them, who did not want to be named, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of allegedly failing to fulfil his promise to fix the bad roads.

The resident stated, “We do not have good roads, from Asoro bus stop to the main community. The situation is very bad.

“The community school is always flooded when it rains and the children do not have a playground. If the roads are not fixed, we will not cast our votes for anybody. We will not allow political campaigns.”

But reacting, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the state government had acknowledged the state of the roads in the area and pencilled them down for reconstruction.

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