Abuja – The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Ministry of Works to urgently ensure completion of the 19km Sabo-Sobe road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.
This followed a motion sponsored by Rep. Pally Iriase (APC – Edo), and unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
Moving the motion, Iriase said Sabo clan which was carved out of the old Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State in August 1991, was in a dire strait as a result of the bad road.
The lawmaker said that the road needed the intervention of the federal government to ease movement.
“The only link road between Sobe and Sabongida-Ora, headquarters of Owan West LGA, is a tortuous two hours journey through Ifon in Ondo State.
“The non-completion of the road has exposed the over 15,000 inhabitants of the communities to avoidable hardships as well as denial of the full integration of Sobe with Owan West’’[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
Iriase, who expressed concern over the ugly development, said urgent response would avert disintegration of the two communities that had lived in harmony over the years.
Iriase contended that the federal government had included these areas in its rural integration programme.
“The federal government, in its rural integration programme, and the need to reunite Sobe community with their kith and kin in Owan West, awarded the 19km Sabo-Sobe road project to Piccolo Brunelli Engineering Ltd in 2007’’, he said.
The lawmaker said that the road, which traversed Ugbubezi, Atoturu, Ugbeturu and Eti-Ose communities, was about 60 per cent completed in 2013 before it was abandoned.
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, referred the matter to the Committees on Works and Legislative Compliance to ensure timely construction of the road. (NAN)