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East/West Death Trap: Motorists, Commuters Face Risk …FG Warms Govs

Motorists and commuters plying the Akpajo-Eleme-Onne road of East-West axis in Rivers State have continued to decry the deplorable condition and neglect of the road by the Federal Government.

A cross section of motorists and commuters who barred their mind to our correspondent said the road had become a dead-trap and a major concern to both residents and those doing business in the area.

According to them, the dilapidated condition of the road had affected and paralyzed economic activities, lost of revenue and man-hours to workers of the multi-national companies like Petro-chemical Company, Indorama, the Refinery as well as the Onne/Ikpokiri Wharf among others, adding that the Federal Government had been insensitive to several public outcries.

They lamented that such a busy road that generates huge revenue to the governments was abandoned and neglected due to alleged political reasons, stressing that it had also deprived people easy access to some neighbouring states and a good number of local government areas.

The aggrieved members of the public however appealed to the Federal Government, the State and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to urgently come to their aid as the road is an eye-sore to investors, pointing out that it is long over-due and should not be politicized in order to save lives and properties of people.

A motorist, Mr Emma Okarafor said government should be proactive in tackling the issue with urgency as it affected the masses and companies operating in the area.

He noted that the area had become an eye-sore that could drive investors away and appealed that urgent steps be taken to ameliorate the suffering of the people.

Okonkwo Enoch, a commercial driver has it that the man-hour lost and its effect on the economy is a great worry as workers in most of the companies spent hours on the road, thereby rendering the companies under-productive, urging the government not to play politics with the reconstruction of the road.

Also speaking, Williamson Ode, a company staff, wants the government to urgently fix the road because of its importance to the economy of the masses which they promised to protect, adding that the frequent breakdown of vehicles, falling of tankers and containers posses’ great danger to the lives and properties of people. He asserted that all party members make use of the road and marketers of foodstuff are being affected seriously.

Miss Gloria Kienka, a student also lamented that the bad road is affecting their movement to school in Bori and called on the authorities not to neglect or abandoned the road because of its importance to the economy of the country.

In his reaction, Jimoh Ajao, a taxi driver said due to the condition of the road, activities have been grounded and thanked members of the National Assembly from Rivers State for calling the attention of government to the deplorable condition of the road, saying their peaceful demonstration is timely and welcome development that should be supported by everybody despite the political devise.

A motorist, Peter Ebenezer, decried that it is disheartening that the fowl that lay the golden eggs for the economic survival of the country should be treated this way due to political reasons, and want it to be fixed before it is too late.

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