Road users, residents lament deplorable Onicha-Ugbo-Abuja road
It is tales of lamentation for motorists and indigenes of Onicha-Ugbo community in Aniocha North Local Council of Delta State as the Abuja-Onicha-Ugbo road constructed several years ago by the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC) is in deplorable condition.
The road has turned to a nightmare for travellers and drivers who drive through it daily. The present state of the road has also become a burden to residents of Onicha Ugbo, which has in recent times triggered multiple erosions in the community.
A visit by The Guardian to the road depicts total neglect by the NDDC. According to a resident, Laurence Izuegbu, “this road is a death trap and has become a burden to my community. I am so pained and would like the Federal Government and the agency responsible for the maintenance of this road to act fast before we record a colossal damage.
“We have been crying out when the road was not as bad as this. We were not taken serious. However, we can’t take this anymore. We are prepared to go on a protest march to Abuja because the state of the road is affecting our houses and crops. How can you construct a major highway like this without proper drainage?”
A commercial bus driver travelling to Abuja said: “We have been suffering this for a long time. At times, we spend three days travelling to Abuja because of the state of this road. We want the government to take action because this is the shortest route to Abuja, Auchi and Okene.”