Governors Nyesom Wike, Okezie Ikpeazu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Seyi Makinde, Monday, commissioned some projects executed by the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
The four governors, who are of the influential group of PDP G-5, inaugurated the various projects today at separate locations in Makurdi, the state capital.
The projects commissioned include five different roads, and electrification projects. These roads include the 9.4 km Tse- Poor Apir Road renamed Ayua Num road executed at N1.2 billion and the 7.7km Yaikyo- Tse Poor Road, now Chief Sule Abenga Road, at cost of N1.4 billion.
Others are the 2.0km George Akume-NKST Yina Road now to be known as Sen JKN Waku Road at the cost of N560.4 million as well as the 2.10 km Kaanga-Akaya-Lucy Aluor-Otukpo Road now named Nyesom Wike Road at the cost N809.088 million.
Also commissioned is the 1.3km Low Cost Housing Estate- Bambam Road, now named after a seasoned politician, Chief JC Obande, executed at the cost of N379.399 million.
While Wike commissioned the Ayua Num Road and the 14km electrification project in Tse Poor-Mbanima substation and distribution acknowledged the importance of roads for its economic gains, saying, as an agricultural state, “If you don’t have roads to take your farm produce to the city, it makes no sense.
“So, for this road and electrification, you have made life simple and easier for the people and that is what good governance is all about. We want to say we are proud of you that you have made promises and today is a promise fulfilled.”
Oyo State Governor Engr Makinde commended Governor Ortom, saying that, “Anywhere road goes, development follows.”
Governor Ugwuanyi in his short speech before commissioning the JKN Waku Road described Governor Ortom “as a gift to Benue” stating that he has stood for his people.
Ugwuanyi, after commissioning the road and electricity projects, said, “Electricity is a strong enabler that drives economic development. Our expectation is that the people that live along this 14-kilometre that is covered by this project will be given impetus for greater economic growth.”
Commissioner for Works, Engr Jude Uungwa, had earlier presented the projects for commissioning, stating that a good number of the road projects initiated by the Governor Ortom-led administration had been fully completed and some were at various stages of completion.