ROAD USE IN BAYELSA STATE AND THE ACTIVITIES OF SOME GROUPS

It is an acceptable fact that roads the world over, contribute significantly to the economic development and growth of society with attendant social benefits to the people.

Roads when properly constructed create convenience for users to their various destinations.

The question on the lips of many including those living in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital is how convenient are the roads in our cities, towns and villages?

Originally, roads are constructed so as to enable vehicles, people, goods, and services move smoothly from one place to another.

Presently, most roads are either not tarred, others with dangerous potholes or partly covered with refuse causing obstruction for users and making travelling on these roads unpleasurable.

Sadly, several lives have been lost owing to the poor state of roads while others who survived crashes are either maimed, incapacitated or in perpetual agony with others counting their loses in several millions in naira.

Here in Bayelsa State, the coming of the Miracle Governor, Senator Douye Diri and his Prosperity Administration has brought about the needed development as seen in the construction of link roads, but some persons are hell bent on causing nuisance thereby leaving the roads inaccessible during essential hours.

This also includes religious activities, burials, rallies, processions and even protest which most times make road users spend useful hours on the road.

Some of such roads in the State capital witnessing such obstructions are; INEC junction Kpansia, Tombia-Etegwe, Arietallin Street, Ovom and Biogbolo just to mention a few.

In some cases, commuters have to go through bumps and shakes for several minutes in other to avoid or reduce these unpleasant experiences while drivers often times struggle with pedestrians on the pedestrian way in some of the streets.

This more than often, leads to minor accidents as cars and pedestrians are at logger heads, each claiming to have the right of way.

It should be noted that time is an essential commodity and must be maximized for wealth creation.

Referencing God is equally important but not in a way that would hinder others who have the same rights to make use of the roads.

Also, government must address the idea of blocking roads for the purposes of burials and other social events by communities.

It is also essential for the authorities to provide measures to monitor and check those encroaching roads.

Also, efforts must be made to adequately sensitize the citizenry to avert any danger and make life easier for everyone.

Where the blocking of roads built by taxpayers’ money is imperative, proper approvals must be made with arrangements for alternative route for users.

This underscores the importance for constructing more internal roads in Yenagoa the state capital and its environs.

While the Prosperity Administration deserves commendations for addressing road challenges, it is imperative to state that more roads are needed and efforts to distract government in this direction must be resisted by all.

 

BY PEREGBOROBOFA ANGESE-ENGONANABO