By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Following the removal of makeshift trading spots and illegal bus stops, as well as the sweeping and clearing of refuse around the popular King’s Square in Benin City by the Edo State government, traders, motorists and pedestrians have applauded the political will of Governor Godwin Obaseki for bringing to life, the beauty of the city.
The government of Edo State, on Monday, embarked on a clean-up process at Ring Road as part of the implementation of the ‘Edo Clean-up’ Project aimed at decongesting major areas in the city centre and restoring order and sanity to the metropolis.
The process, which was executed by the state’s Task Force on Environmental Sanitation, was ordered by Governor Godwin Obaseki, who has demanded the restoration of the serenity of the affected areas in the state capital.
Some residents hailed the sanitisation measures, with Johnson Omoregie, a businessman and lawyer describing the former situation as sickening and making nonsense of the amount spent by the last administration on beautifying the affected areas, especially Ring Road.
On his part, Tony Obinne, a trader, praised the cleanup of the areas and called for sustainability because negligence by the task force would encourage the scourge to return.
In addition, motorists hailed the clean-up as it facilitated smooth flow of traffic. They, however, pleaded with the government to open new markets for the displaced traders and ensure that all traders in the state stayed within market parameters.