RVSG: Oyigbo City needs attention

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Jul 22nd, 2014
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SIR: Oyigbo city, in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State could be described as a gateway city to Port Harcourt for travelers traveling from the neighbouring Abia State. The city had been the nerve centre of the state until a couple of years ago when the volume of business there drastically declined as a result of very low patronage by its customers due to the deplorable state of the roads.

All the roads, including those in the suburbs are in a bad state. The only good road is a section of Location road that emanates from the express junction to Mbano camp junction which was reconstructed recently.

Roads like School, Market, Isaiah Eletuo, Ehi, Palm Grove, Chigbu, Imo Street and numerous others are impassable. One of them, the old Aba Port Harcourt road, from Mbano camp junction to Oyigbo west is water-logged.

Because of this pitiable situation, many residents who are mostly traders have relocated to the nearby towns like Iriebe and Umuiebulu as they find it extremely difficult to break even due to low patronage. What still remains a puzzle is that the local government field workers, despite the   pitiable condition of these roads wade through them and demand for  taxes and levies from the remaining traders, not minding whether they are selling or not.

This writer pleads with state governor, Hon Chibuike Amaechi to come to the rescue of Oyigbo residents to avail them the opportunity of reaping the dividend of democracy like their counterparts in other parts of the state.

• Gabriel Nkemakolam,

Port Harcourt

 


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