By Chukwuma Linus -:
In recent weeks, Oko Polytechnic has been on the news, but for negative reasons. This is, however not news of cases of Cultism, extortion, Prostitution, armed robbers or sex-for-grades. It is only about the Misery tales of road users
I can authoritatively pen that students and staff are at the mercy of the deplorable condition of the road that passes through the institution. In recent times road users like to refer the road as death trap even when is not yet rainy season. That tells the condition of the road. It is not motorable.
I bewailed the state of the road during the last Presidential election that took me and my team through most routes in and outside the light of the Nation. Of the roads we traversed, one I dreaded most is Ekwulobia – Oko- Umunze road. That is, from the popular Ekwulobia roundabout, FCMB axis of Oko road through the Polytechnic main gate and Total filling station axis. It is demeaning and ignominious when it is said that the road leads to the home of former Vice President, late Dr Alex Ekwueme. And to mention that it is a federal road brings the question why the road is not given needed attention.
Due to the bad roads, movement of goods and persons especially natives to sticks from various areas of residence are enmeshed. Students too.
But what of the state governor?
In the case of negligence of roads such as the Ekwulobia – Oko- Umunze road. It is the duty of state governor to attract the attention of the government in power, or in most cases seek refund after the governor sought for permission and fixed the road. The question I may not answer is if the road is high on the list of priorities of Gov. Willie Obiano.
But in the situation, the answer is in the “nay” both the senator and Rep representing the affected LGA should not be exempted. The duo should on the floor of both senate and house lobby for federal attention to the woes of their people.
I’m pained with the tales of road users plying the route and on the knowledge that the road will not survive the coming rainy season.
Men within the corridors of power must stand and be counted as one of the reasons they were elected, provision of social amenities is on trial.
By Chukwuma Linus -: