The Warri Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Warri, has joined motorists plying the ever busy Benin, Sapele Road to decry the parlous state of the Road and called on the Federal Government to immediately fix the road so as to ameliorate the sufferings of motorists on the road.
The union made this call after an on-the -spot assessment following public outcry about the harrowing experiences of commuters on the road, particularly between Koko in Delta State and Ologbo in Edo state.
The union members said they can no longer stand and fold their arms while the Federal Government continues to neglect the only access road from the West to the South South region of the country.
Speaking after the tour of the bad road, the Chairman of the Warri Correspondent Chapel of the NUJ, Comrade Okies Veeky, said that , it was sad that , the Niger Delta , which according to him,lays the golden egg that the nation feeds on is allowed to remain in abject poverty.
Narrating their ordeals, some motorists who have spent almost one week on the road due to its deplorable state , told journalists how hellish their experiences have been on the road.
Mr. Tunde, a truck driver , conveying goods from Onitsha to Kano, narrated his ordeal when his truck sank in one of the bad portions of the road.
According to him, “I have spent almost one week in this village because my truck ran into a ditch. I have to sleep under the cold for almost a week because I have to wait for a truck that will come and tow my truck from this ditch.
“I have to off-load my goods from the truck before we could tow the truck out of this ditch.
“I want to plead with the Federal Government to come to our aid. We are really suffering a lot on this road. Apart from the suffering we are going through here, we are also losing money.
” For example before I was able to leave this place I had to pay for the truck that came to rescue me. I also had to pay for the off-loading of the goods in my truck.
Another motorist, Mr Hakeem David, whose truck had ran into a ditch and has been on the same spot for almost a week, said, “I am from Oyo state and for almost one week now I have been suffering in this road. My trailer got stuck in one of the bad spots along Ologbo community. I have not taken my bath all these days and if not for God I would not have left this place.
“We want the government to come to our aid and help us repair the road so that we would not be passing through this pain all the time.
Another driver, Mr Lucky Ossai said, “The road is terribly bad, many lives and goods have been lost on this road in recent time.
“I have been here for hours. Am coming from Benin, going to Oghara, I am stuck here, cannot go forward or backward.
“The other lane is not accessible, that is why I take this side. Government should do something, we are begging them to help us,” he said.
It would be recalled that, similar situation had occurred in 2019 within the Adeje axis on the Warri/Sapele Expressway which took the intervention of Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to mobilize contractor to carry out some palliative repairs on the failed portions of the road.