By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”The deplorable state of Edepie-Tombia road linking the university community of Amassoma in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State is now a source of grave concern to motorists.
Work on the less than 20km road project, a partnership between Bayelsa State government and one of the oil majors, which was awarded sometime last year to a construction firm, has been abandoned, ostensibly due to poor funding.
Ironically, it is the only route linking the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, and other communities in the Gbarain-Ekpetiama clan to Yenagoa, the state capital.
Some of the sand dumps around the base of the abandoned connecting bridges have been lost to the recent flood experienced in the area.
Travelling on the road could be hellish as the entire stretch from Edepie junction in Yenagoa, the state capital, to Tombia, is like riding on turbulent waves.
Apart from contending with the deplorable state of the road, commuters are also subjected to offensive effluence being discharged into the adjoining creeks as well as a refuse dump that is almost spilling on to the road.
A journey on theÂ Yenagoa-Amassoma road leading to the university community of Amassoma, which ordinarily should not take more than 30 minutes, could stretch for well over one and half hours because of its terrible state.
Many motorists plying the route, especially those going to the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, heaved a sigh of relief when work on the road commenced early this year, given the speed at which it was graded as well as the erection of connecting bridges.
But whatever success that was achieved at the early stage had been eroded by the bumpy state of the road due to the rains and its abandonment.
Currently, there is no visible work going on on the road, while the heavy duty trucks that dotted the project site at the commencement of the project have all been withdrawn.
Motorists, who spoke to Vanguard at the Tombia end of the road, expressed concern about the state of the road which they described aÂ nightmare.
â€œWe are operating at the mercy of God. Look around the park, you cannot see those Peugeot mini buses that were given out by the government three years ago.
Initially, they were more on the route but they have all been grounded due to the bad state of the road,â€ Taiwo, a commercial bus driver, lanented.