FG Roads Collapse In Rivers
Portions of Federal Roads in Rivers State, particularly, East-West Road and Port Harcourt – Enugu Expressway have become death-traps as potholes, and gullies have taken over the roads resulting in many accidents.
Our correspondent reports that portions of the Port Harcourt – Enugu express from Eleme junction to Oyigbo Junction have become almost impassable.
The Chinese construction company handling its rehabilitation has also increased the agony of commuters with its indiscriminate dumping of sands and construction materials on the road.
Residents of Oyigbo LGA who use the road daily, had lamented their plight, decrying what they called Federal Government “lack of milk of human kindness’. They decried not only the increase in transport fares, but loss of man hours arising from delay in getting to their destinations and areas of business.
“We suffer worst fate each time rain falls as we hardly see commercial vehicles to take us home after the day’s business in Port Harcourt. We stay late hours waiting for vehicles which hardly come. If any one comes, the driver would charge you three times the normal fare”, Lawrence Okonkwo an Oyigbo resident who does business in Port Harcourt lamented.
East-West Road from the Deeper Life Ministry to Tank in Rumuokwurusi is a death-trap. These portions harbour deadly port-holes. Vehicles, particularly, trailers and tankers wobble dangerously on these portions. A Rumuokwurusi Resident, Victor Amadi told The Vortex that several trailers had fallen there.
“If you are in a hurry to meet up with appointment, you better take another route because if you take Tank, you will be stuck on that road for several hours because of traffic grid lock”, he said.
Close to Tank on the same East-West Road, flood water have taken over one side of the road leading to drivers resorting to the use of one lane. The flood water on that side of the road hardly dries up. The road was thus closed to traffic.
While on a visit to Emohua recently, our correspondent observed that a portion of the East-West Road, from Rumuji to Ndele Campus of Ignatiu Ajuru University was so bad. In some areas, portions of the road were closed to traffic.
Our correspondent gathered that armed bandits had capitalized on the dilapidated nature of the road to kidnap and rob passengers.
Eleme axis of the East-West Road that harbours Akpajo Bridge is also in bad condition. Both the road and the bridge are in precarious condition.
Rivers legislators at the National Assembly staged a protest over the delilapidated condition of the road and the bridge few months back.
Nkpolu axis of the East-West Road which flood damaged beyond repairs has been converted to a trading post. Hawkers and other itinerant traders now line the pavements doing brisk business there.
Commuters coming from Bayelsa are disembarked at Nkpolu Junction and asked to cross to the other side to enter vehicles to Rumuokoro. Ditto for those going to Uniport and Bayelsa.
Nkpolu indigenes have protested several times because of the condition of the road which they said had caused a number of motor accidents that had led to loss of lives and property.
Hope rose for the people months back when NDDC officials came and inspected the bad portions of the road promising to rehabilitate them but nothing has been done.
Our correspondent gathered that people suspected to be Niger Delta Ministry officials came and inspected the Nkpolu Road again last week.
“Will they fix it this time around”? Ishmael Ovunda, an indigene of the area asked.
Our correspondent reports that the federal road linking Etche and Ngor – Okpalla has been washed away by erosion. Drivers move at snail’s speed whenever they got to the bad spots.
Mrs. Uche Ken, Deputy Chairman of Etche Local Government Area, a regular contributor to Nigeria Info Radio programme had severally called on the federal government to repair the road.
Our correspondent couldn’t reach Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) officials before going to press.