By SAMUEL OYADONGHA
Yenagoa — Motorists plying the old Assembly quarters road bye-pass in Ekeki, a suburb in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have expressed concerned over the deplorable state of the road.
The bye-pass was constructed five years ago by the former Governor Timipre Sylva’s administration but went bad due to the alleged shoddiness of job done by the contractor.
The bye-pass which links the Azikoro road to Sani Abacha expressway is less than 800 metres.
About 50 metres of the road from the Azikoro road side spanning beyond the Assembly guarters gate is not only riddled with deep craters but also flooded.
Passing through the bye-pass, which is host to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, office and its supervisory ministry, Federal Ministry of Works in Bayelsa State has been a harrowing experience for motorists and commuters since the beginning of the rainy season due to its deplorable state.
Though FERMA had repeatedly carried out rehabilitation work on the failed portion of the road, the Azikoro end of the route has remained flooded with deep craters due to low nature of the road and poor drainage system in the area.
When this reporter visited the area yesterday, a concerned citizen had erected a white broken plastic container at one of the deep craters to warn motorists of the danger ahead.
It was also observed that the Ekeki House Estate, which could have served as an alternative route had been cut off due to the ongoing expansion on Azikoro Road and construction of a new drainage.
Some motorists who spoke to Vanguard, decried the poor state of the road, particularly its effect on their vehicle.