Flyover Projects: Residents Endure Long Treks
Many residents of Port Harcourt have resorted to trekking to their destinations as the state government begin work on the construction of flyovers. They want the state government and the contractors to carry out the construction works without subjecting them to too much suffering.
Governor Wike recently flagged-off the construction of flyover bridges at Rumuokoro, Garrison and Artillery.
The residents said the flyovers which construction are still at preliminary stage were putting them into much stress as a result of blockade of roads which has created traffic bottle necks in the city.
Our correspondent who saw many people in droves as they trekked from Oil Mill Market to Artillery intending to cross over to Genesis in Aba Road to board commercial vehicles to Mile 1, said they did the long trek because Artillery was closed to traffic.
Some of them spoke to The Vortex:
Nkiru Okike: Look at the mass of human beings trekking from Oil Mill to this place. Look at how we are sweating because of long trek because there was no vehicle to take us to our destinations. What type of flyover is government constructing that warranted this kind of suffering? Everywhere blocked just because of flyover. Good will see us through.
Baridam Kainee: I was just coming from Ogoni. When I got to Eleme Junction I saw a lot of people trekking to Aba Road. I thought something had gone wrong until somebody told me that commercial vehicles were not plying Aba Road because a flyover is being constructed at Artillery and that the roads were blocked. I had to join in the trekking. As you can see, I am very tired and soaked in sweat. The River State government should find a way of doing the flyover without putting people into much stress.
Oscar Jones: This is how government that does not consider the fate of the citizenry does things. If they had taken the citizens into consideration, they should have asked Julius Berger to put something in place to prevent this ugly situation.
Ogolo Stephen: Look at that pregnant woman trekking from a far distance. What of if she collapse as a result of this? My brother, the suffering is too much. Government should do something about it.
Nkechi Nwadike: Government in Nigeria do nothings except to create problems for the citizens. Tell me any good thing the government at all levels have done for the people. They impose taxes and hardship on the people. Everything they do is geared towards creating suffering for the masses. Rivers government did not put the people into consideration before embarking on the flyover projects.
The Vortex correspondent reports that vehicles coming from Mile 1 to Aba Road now divert to Cocaine Village, come out to Okporo Road and take East-West-Road to Oil Mill and Eleme Junction.