Some residents of Edo State took over the Benin-Sapele-Warri Road near the bypass, on Thursday, to protest the bad state of the road and its abandonment by both the federal and state governments.
They said it had become difficult to ply the road and lamented that several petitions written to the federal and state governments did not receive positive responses.
One of the residents of the area, who is the Chairman of the Sapele Road Bypass Axis, Daniel Omorogbe, said, “Some of our children can no longer go to school. Our cars are going bad. We are finding it difficult to use this road, which connects us to other South-South states.
“Three months ago, we wrote to the Senate and the House of Representatives; we also wrote to the Ministry of Works, the state House of Assembly and even the governor of the state, still nothing has been done and we are tired. We are going to stay here until the government listens to us. Instead of engaging good engineers, they bring labourers, who know nothing about road repair.”
On his part, Omo Osifo said, “We now spend hours from the bypass to the Ring Road. The transport fare used to be N150 to the Ring Road, it is now N500 because of the state of the road, especially when it rains.
“The relatives were rushing a woman in labour to hospital for delivery, but because of the bad road, there was traffic and she gave birth in traffic and it was a good Samaritan, who rushed her to a nearby hospital.”
Another resident, Mrs Sandra Otaigbe, said, “We want to make it known to the federal and the state governments that good social amenities are not a privilege, but a right. If it rains here, people are stranded with little children trekking with their launch bags to and from school.”
When contacted, the Federal Controller of Works and Housing, Edo State, Razaq Aransiola, declined comments, saying he would call back, which he had yet to do as of the time of filing this report.