ASO CHRON­I­CLE

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Olayemi John-Men­sah, Onyekachukwu Obi & Ah­madu Rhoda

The de­plorable con­di­tion of roads in satel­lite towns in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) has been widely re­ported such that the sim­i­larly di­lap­i­dated state of roads in some high­brow ar­eas has de­flected at­ten­tion.

Res­i­dents of Berger, 2nd Av­enue in Gwar­inpa vil­lage mar­ket, Life­camp, EFAB and Kado vil­lage have been lament­ing over the de­plorable state of the road in their ar­eas. Most of the res­i­dents de­scribed these roads as “un­for­tu­nate.”

Though the ar­eas con­cerned are up­town and show the ex­pen­sive life­styles of the dwellers, the bad roads are like eczema on the skin of a beau­ti­ful woman.

The pop­u­lar Life­camp junc­tion has be­come a night­mare to road users thereby caus­ing traf­fic grid­lock dur­ing rush hours ev­ery work­ing day of the week. The sit­u­a­tion be­comes worst on Tues­day due to the weekly Karmo mar­ket.

Ene David, who re­sides in Kado vil­lage but work in the city cen­tre said the sit­u­a­tion of the road is get­ting worse by the day. “When the con­struc­tion of this road started like three years back, we thought it would help us but sud­denly, the work was aban­doned and the road be­came bad,”she said.

She said in the morn­ing the traf­fic is al­ways very tight and you see some ve­hi­cles look­ing for short­cut so that they will not be held up in the jam.

“When we are re­turn­ing from work it is another stress. Keke NAPEP driver that car­ries you from ARAB junc­tion will drop you off by Lento Alu­minium in­stead of Life­camp junc­tion due to the traf­fic,” she said.

One of the road users, God­win Abu said the road has been like this for more than two years with­out any­body at­tend­ing to it, adding that it be­comes worse dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

“The rain keeps dig­ging the por­tion of the road that is bad. We learnt the con­tract was given to gi­ant con­struc­tion com­pany but noth­ing has been done. Some­times, you see young men sand fill­ing some of the deep pot­holes and they use that to beg peo­ple for money, but the next day the state of the road be­comes worst again,” he said.

Abu said that govern­ment should come to the aid of all road users and put the road in good shape so that peo­ple can drive well and the traf­fic is­sues will be solved.

Be­ing the most pa­tro­n­ised means of com­mer­cial trans­porta­tion be­tween ARAB and Life­camp junc­tion, Keke NAPEP op­er­a­tors also cry out over the di­lap­i­dated state of the road and the dam­aged it has caused to their busi­ness.

One of the op­er­a­tors who gave his name as Ya­haya said, “The road is very bad. There is traf­fic jam here ev­ery time. My Keke has spoilt many times on ac­count of ply­ing this road.”

He also said many of them do not like to go be­yond the good tarred road in the evening but rather drop off pas­sen­gers and re­turn back to ARAB.

Some of the res­i­dents of Gwar­inpa vil­lage who spoke to our re­porter also de­scribed the de­plorable con­di­tion of the 2nd Av­enue as wor­ri­some.

Mrs. Ngozi Chukwu said that it is un­for­tu­nate that the govern­ment finds it dif­fi­cult to put the road in or­der, say­ing the bad road is af­fect­ing their busi­nesses and most im­por­tantly, cus­tomers no longer stop to pa­tron­ize them.

She said, “Traders in this mar­ket have been suf­fer­ing as a re­sult of this bad road and drainage. It is crip­pling our busi­nesses be­cause cus­tomers do not come as they use to. They are com­plain­ing of the traf­fic they face when­ever they come to the mar­ket.

“Each per­son pays N4000 an­nu­ally and we gather it to clear the gut­ter so that wa­ter from other streets can pass through the road,” she added.

She called on the govern­ment to come to their aid and put the road in or­der so that the traders can have a sense of be­long­ing and carry out their busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties well.

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