Reps urge completion of Sabo-Sobe road in Edo


The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has asked its Committees on Works and Legislative Compliance to see to the timely construction of 19km Sabo-Sobe road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.

House of Representatives on Wednesday deliberated on the road which they argued need the intervention of the federal government to ease vehicular movements in the area.

The referral followed the motion by Pally Iriase (APC – Edo), that the Sabo clan through which the road was in dire state as a result of the road. The clan was carved out of the old Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State in August 1991.

“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’’
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.

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