The popular Federal University, Otuoke road which doubles as the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan have turned to a dead trap to motorist especially students plying the road. The current state of the road which connects Yenagoa to Otuoke through the Azikoro axis causes disappointment when one thinks of the fact that this road leads to the home town of a former president of Nigeria.
Given the length of the road(24km), every good driver should be able to navigate the road and arrive at their destinations in an approximated time of 20 minutes. However, you’ll find commuters spending between 40 minutes to 1 hour on a road of 24km. This happens because drivers have to carefully ensure they avoid the potholes which have become death traps on the road.
The areas affected by these gigantic potholes is also an approximated 3 to 4km. With some of these potholes ranging in depth from 6inchs to 3ft.
With the increase in rains lately, the road has become almost impossible to pass. Vehicles that convey students have reportedly broken down in these potholes causing a lot of panic amongst students.
There are other problems that come with taking the route. Increased transport, the unpleasantness of the terrain, the health issues that the bumpy ride could cause, the amount of time it takes to get through the route, the amount of damage vehicles take amongst others.
Students and the general community have lamented over the issue. Otuoke town being the home town of the former president of Nigeria and the site of one out of few federal universities set up in the last 15 years deserves better.
For those around the Julius Berger roundabout area in Yenagoa, this is supposed to be the shortest possible route to Otuoke. Especially for students who stay in Yenagoa and have to come for classes everyday.
This is a call to ensure the situation is handled for the benefit of the university community and possibly the Ogbia LGA as a whole.
Ese Odiri reporting for #FUO_Latest_News