Residents of Igbogene community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have lamented the state government’s abandonment of the reconstruction of the main road running through the community.
It was learnt that the government embarked on the upgrading of over a kilometer stretch of the deplorable road in August 2017 with a view to easing thoroughfare in Igbogene, a gateway community to the state capital, Yenagoa.
But workers left site in early September, leaving the condition of the road to worsen, especially during the 2017 rainy season.
The residents complained that the non-completion of the road only plied by motorcycles and tricycles is posing a lot of difficulty as they can longer access the road easily.
Road users, particularly commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators, now make use of the available spaces on the left and right sides of the road, sometimes veering into the residents’ premises negotiating their way through the deplorable road.
It is expected that the road, when completed, would create access to the government’s Aquaculture Village established in neighbouring Yenegwe community.
Some residents of Igbogene community, who spoke on the situation on Wednesday, said the government meant well by deciding to rehabilitate the main road, but their hopes had been dashed by its non-completion of the road.
“It is so pathetic that the development that we expected is now causing more negative effect on the life of the people.
“Most of our children cannot even go to school now these days; because they have to trek. It is only bikes that can maneuver some areas and the process is so dangerous,” a resident, Uzefa Solomon, cried.
Another resident who identified himself simply as Cosmos, said they are appreciative of the “good job” started by the government, adding: “We are pleading with them (government) to complete the project. Let it not be left like this, as it is affecting everybody, even those walking.”