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Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2013

Lawmaker Blames Commissioner’s Attack on Deplorable East-West Road, Slams Orubebe over Slow Pace of Work

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe

LAGOS AUGUST 29TH (URHOBOTODAY)—Deputy Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, has blamed last Sunday’s gunmen attack on the state’s Sport Commissioner, Fred Igwe, on the deplorable state of the East West road.
After visiting the wounded commissioner who is recuperating in an hospital, the lawmaker urged Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, to expedite action on the East-West road to save lives of road users in the region.
Kwanee said the gunmen would not have had their way in shooting the commissioner at the spot the incident occurred if the road had been in good condition.
He said: “From what I learnt from the commissioner, the gunmen trapped and attacked him at a very bad spot on the road and many have been victims of the bad road either on armed attack or road accident.”
He recalled the death of the mother of wife of the President along the same road and the fatal Okogbe tanker explosion, stressing that such ugly avoidable incidents now happen almost on daily basis on the road.
He said though the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs did not like being criticized about the road, “we must say the truth, as more South-South people are either dying or being maimed as a result of the state of the road.
“Every responsible citizen of the South-South should condemn the slow progress on the road because we are feeling the pinch. Roads in other parts of the country are receiving serious attention. What is our own offence.”
Source: Vanguard

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