The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has decried the current state of the Benin-Auchi expressway, saying the situation has caused economic hardship to Nigerians, especially the people of Edo North.
The governor spoke in Lagos at the 40th anniversary of a leading social cultural organisation, Etsako Club 81 and the unveiling of Etsako Club 81 Cultural and Vocational Centre, a world class multipurpose edifice under construction in Auchi.
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The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, said the federal government could not be building infrastructures to neighbouring countries while its roads are in deplorable state, endangering the lives of its citizens.
The governor noted that Etsako Club had brought positive development to the state and Nigeria in general following its interventionist programmes and advocacy since its formation in 1981.
He urged other similar bodies to emulate the prominent Edo North organisation to support government efforts in lifting the standard of lives of the people.
The president of Etsako 81, Dr Bala Yesufu, said the socio-cultural development association focused on the enhancement of the culture, welfare and development of Etsako land and Edo North in general.