by Ajadi Daniel
Residents of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa have appealed to the state government to repair the Otuoke-Onuebum road which has been in a deplorable condition.
The residents made this appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Otuoke on Sunday.
Ologi Damiete told NAN that the condition of the road had become worse since the last rainy season as vehicles now found it difficult to pass through.
Mr. Damiete, a staff of the Federal University, Otuoke, appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the residents by fixing the road.
“The condition of this road has become worse since the flood that submerged the whole community and there has not been any preventive measure to forestall future occurrence.
“We are expecting the government to put necessary measures in place to guard against future occurrence.
“Students of FUO have resumed for the new semester and they have been finding it difficult moving in and out of the community.
“I am calling on all the relevant authorities to look into the matter because it has become unbearable. Our vehicles have been damaged because of the road,” he said
Another resident, Oweifa Debekeme, urged the state government to make more efforts toward checking flooding in the state, pointing out that flood had destroyed many roads in the state.
According to him, the people are suffering and government had the responsibility to alleviate their agony by providing roads and other infrastructure for them.
Babatunde Adeola, a taxi driver plying the road said the road was already in a bad shape before the flood destroyed it completely, he called on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to also help repair the road to alleviate the plight of the people.