By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI- ANYONE familiar with good old Okere-Ugborikoko Road, Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State, cannot help but wonder why one of Warri’s busiest roads, right in the heart of the fast fading oil city, is left by relevant stakeholders to collapse into the piteous mess it has become.
At Mesharun Junction, gradual deterioration of unattended potholes has formed a large crater avoided by motorists, who are compelled to take inconveniencing detours to get to their destinations.
Far more impassable is the gully at the Giwa Amu Junction, which has deteriorated into a no- go -area for all kinds of automobiles, even the meandering Keke Napep. The fears of residents in and around the popular road are heightened as the rains approach.
Inhabitants relocate – Johnson
Secretary, Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, Warri ‘B’ Division, Idia Johnson, who lives at Mesharun Street, said, “In the peak of the dry season, the road is so bad that friends and relatives, especially those with cars, shy away from visiting residents in the area because of the deplorable state of the Okere-Ugborikoko Roads.
“We passionately appeal to the Delta State government to come to our rescue before the rains set in. If we do not get respite after the dry season, the rain will completely cut us off from the rest of Warri. It is that serious and as I speak to you, tenants are relocating in droves. Landlords are hopeless on the looming environmental disaster if the rains come on the road in its current state.”
It’s an eyesore—Otumu
Chairman, PCRC, ‘B’ Divisions, Christopher Otumu, who runs his business at Okumagba Estate, said, “The collapsed spots also constitute security snare where innocent motorists are ensnared and robbed of their cars. The road is an eyesore for Warri. It is hard to imagine that Okere-Ugborikoko Road is left in such state of disrepair. There is something wrong somewhere.
“I doubt if the state government is aware of the ramschackle state of the road. We are, therefore, using this medium to alert the state government, including the Ministry of Works and perhaps the Direct Labour Agency to intervene and relieve residents and road users their daily trauma on that road.”