As part of their corporate social responsibility, Peayang Chemical Equipment Cooperation (PCC) and African Investment Partner (AIP) have commenced remedial work on the failed portion of the Benin-Sapele highway. The work is a joint effort by PCC and AIP as co-founders of Edo Refinery with the objective to ameliorate the sufferings currently being experienced by commuters plying the road which had led to several road crashes and loss of lives.
The site engineer, Sunday Airienbuwa, explained that the remedial work became necessary after the incident that happened in which over 20 persons died while trying to avoid the bad portions of the road. He said the failed portions had hindered commercial activities in the area which have become worrisome, maintaining that the time frame for the work was one week.
Similarly, the company’s Head of Community Relations, Segun Okene, noted that the repairs would make life meaningful for the people especially those within the host community which was part of the cardinal points of Edo Refinery. “We are focusing on only Ologbo axis from this very point to Delta State. We are doing this because of the hardship being experienced by these road users and because it has also affected the community negatively. If this palliative work was done before now, that gory accident that happened weeks ago, where people were burnt beyond recognition would have been averted”, he said.
Earlier, the Project Director of Edo Refinery, Tim Tian told newsmen that as benefactors of the community, they needed to fix the bad portions of the road so that it can make for smooth and free flow of traffic in moving their products to other states within the federation. Edo refinery, he added, was almost completed and would be commissioned by next month.
Some commuters who could not hide their feelings narrated their ordeal and appreciated the effort of the company. They also called on the federal government to urgently intervene in reconstructing the road before it gets to the point of total abandonment. According to the Ologbo community liaison officer, Felix Edogiawerie, who is also the councilor representing ward 10, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Council in Edo State, “this road is very bad, you can see the hold-up everywhere; the federal government should do something fast.
“You can see what Edo refinery, a private company is doing now. I understand the company came to Edo all because of the effort the state government is putting in place to make sure Edo becomes a state with first class modular refinery. This is what we want from a pragmatic government. They should host companies that can assist and complement their efforts”.