Outgoing Governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has stressed the need to urgently tackle the menace of tanker drivers in Oghara to avoid hours of traffic gridlock in the area.
Udughan, made the call yesterday, shortly after the commissioning of 8.25 kilometers of road linking Oghara and the dualized Ugbenu/Koko road constructed by his administration.
According to the Governor, land for tank farms were allocated without due consideration for the effects of having tankers plying the roads and where the tankers would use as parking space and as such, proactive measures should be taken to check the menace of the tanker drivers.
“I am glad we constructed this road, this road is going to be very busy,” he said, stating, “I am a little bit worried about the tankers causing heavy obstructions on the road, causing challenges for our people, this is why we constructed this road to ease traffic in the town.”
He added, “The tankers are becoming a menace, so, we must do something about the tankers, we did not put into consideration so many things before we gave them land for their tank farms.”
The Governor who could not hide his excitement that the road was constructed, asserted, “this road is very significant because it links two local governments areas I can say I am from, Ethiope West and Warri North local government areas, I also recall with nostalgia my last encounter with my cousin during the civil war when we passed through this road from Oghara to Koko where they were recruiting Soldiers, he was taken and I came back alone but that was the last time that I saw him, he did not return from that war.”
While commending the quality of work done on the road, Governor Uduaghan expressed fear that the tankers may cause early damage to the road.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Works in the state, Hon. Funkekeme Solomon had said the road which was constructed with the sum of 2.4 billion naira had a spur of 600 meters to the Independent Power Plant (IPP) project, Oghara and had asphalted shoulders.
The occasion was attended by traditional rulers and people from the host communities, including the Chairman of Ethiope West local government council, Hon. Solomon Golley who thanked Governor Uduaghan for constructing the road.


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