BENIN—Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, weekend, commissioned the newly reconstructed 11 blocks of 33 classrooms and staff offices at Payne Primary School in Benin City and the Amedokhian- Ugboha Road traversing two local government areas in Edo Central, Edo State.
Speaking at the commissioning of the projects, as part of activities to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Fashola said: “I am proud and pleased to be here because as I drove round the city, I saw remarkable developments in roads infrastructure that have taken place here.
“I saw the expanded Dawson Road, Akpakpava, Sapele Road, Airport Road and New Lagos Road. There are lots more that I am yet to see. But why are roads important? They are the link to our civilization. Without roads, market women cannot get their goods to the market. Without roads, customers cannot get to the market to purchase the goods. Without roads, the children of Payne Primary School will not be able to get to school. Without roads, transporters will not have work. So, a government that recognizes these understands how to manage an economy.”
He commended his Edo State counterpart for having the mind, the heart and the right team, stressing that besides opening economic activities in all the areas in the state that had no motorable roads, the rebuilding of school was the right thing to do.
In his remarks, Governor Oshiomhole thanked Governor Fashola for coming all the way from Lagos to commission the projects.
He said: “The story of this school, like several other schools in the state, reflects the story of Edo State prior to 2009. This school, like other schools, had no roof. Within the classrooms you could find potholes. We had to call them classrooms because that was what they were called. But in truth, a lot of them could not be described as classrooms.”