Some residents in Port Harcourt have lambasted the federal and Rivers State government for refusing to fix the Tank-Oil Mill-Rumuodara axis of the East-West Road. They are angry that despite the harmful effect on vehicular and human movement, the government has done nothing to address the issue.
Although, the road belongs to the federal government, but a church recently took steps to fix the road and during the period, it was easier to ply the road. But it has since deteriorated and become a death trap.
Speaking with TNN in an interview, a motorist, Michael Ezekwesili said “there is nothing I will say now that has not been said before, nothing, our leaders are heartless, they are, believe me, if not how can they ignore a project as important as this?
“This road is a major road, you can’t avoid it, we have major businesses here; yet the road has continued to grow from worse to worst. All I am saying is that our government should have pity, mercy on us, make them pity us, abeg, and put this road in order.
“The state of this road is a threat to lives; big trailers, trucks pass here every second from oil mill, Eleme and Rumuokoro, if one falls one day and kills people, is that when this road will be remembered?
“See this police people, they stand under sun, rain working tirelessly but no matter the effort, the cars can’t fly, it will still run on the road, they are trying but their efforts cannot do so much as the road is not helping. Government should help us”
An aged taxi driver who gave his name as simply Oga Martins told TNN that “this road dey worry us, na Eneka to oil mill I dey carry but before I go go, come back like three hours and this place near, at least fifteen to thirty minutes, make them do the road, na from here we and our family dey see food chop.”
Another taxi driver who introduced himself as Mr Samuel Dede said “this road is indeed a nightmare; if government refuses to help us then we are doomed, we are begging governor Nyesom Wike to help us, he has always listened to the cry of the people, he should help us, federal road or not, Rivers people are suffering more because of the road, please.
“There are big businesses here, filling stations, SOBAZ for example, they can partner and put this road in order.”
While other traders shied away from press, bold Miss Blessing Adanna who said she helps her mum to sell fruits at Tank Junction told TNN that “this road is affecting everything, the road is very bad, hold up oh, morning and evening is the worse, the road is bad, they should work the road.”