Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has decried the wanton loss of lives and property on the Benin-Ore Road, calling on the Federal Government to speed up rehabilitation work on the road to stem the carnage.
Condoling with families of victims of last Saturday’s mishap on the road, the governor appealed to motorists and other road users to obey traffic rules and regulations and exercise patience on the road.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, Oshiomhole said with little caution, the unnecessary loss of lives on the road could be averted.
Pleading with the Federal Government to hasten the pace of work on the road, Oshiomhole said: “I urge the Federal Government to quicken the pace of resurfacing and rehabilitating the road to stem the carnage and unnecessary loss of lives. It is sad that we lose people on the road daily.
“Motorists should also obey traffic laws and maintain the approved speed limits to get to their destinations alive. I commiserate with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate accident and I pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the sad and avoidable loss.”
In another development, the governor said elected local government officials will henceforth contribute their quota to complement the efforts of the state government in developing the state, saying the days when councils were seen as drain pipes were over.