The Ethiope Chambers of Commerce has called on the Federal Government to urgently come to the rescue of businesses and travellers using the Warri-Benin Expressway, by deploying emergency repair teams to the dilapidated highway.
President of the Chamber, Chief Emma Avworo, in a press release noted that over the past few months, the one-hour journey from Warri now takes almost eight hours, with lorries and trucks spending days at the worst sections of Ologbo.
He noted that not only is this affecting passengers but also the businesses in the area, as the cost of transportation not only tripled, but goods and vehicles are damaged.
He further noted that the situation will discourage investors as the lack of an adequate road network will not encourage potential investors, who cannot find outlets for finished products nor roads through which to transport raw materials.
Chief Avworo pleaded with the Federal Ministry of Works to urgently heed this appeal as the road is now totally cut off, while the alternate Sapele/Agbor/Road is also in a sorry state between Eku and Agbor.