Residents and motorists are reeling in pain over the deplorable state of roads within Udu local government area of Delta State, as thoroughfares within the community have become dilapidated.
Udu council area, has a number of deteriorating roads, leading to Owhrode, Egiegi, Obubu, Ovwohrokporkpo and Oleri communities.
As motorists drive daily through some of these major roads in the communities, they contend with potholes and craters that dot the supposedly affluent neighbourhood, where one of Nigeria oil giants, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), has carried out exploration of Oil and gas in the council area spanning over 30 years.
The traffic snarl experienced daily on the axis snakes across the nooks and crannies without regard for state or communal roads.
Vehicles crawl endlessly, especially at peak hours in the morning and evenings.
Motorists lament that the state of the road had caused huge wear and tear on their vehicles, particularly with the big potholes and craters on the roads.
The poor state of the link roads to
Owhrode, Egiegi, Obubu, Ovwohrokporkpo and Oleri communities puts serious pressure on other roads.
According to them, a journey that should last between 30 minutes to one hour and more than five minutes within now takes about an hour due to the deplorable state of the roads.
Residents of the area have expressed discontent with the substandard condition of roads.
A prominent activist, Prince Oruboh, representing the affected communities, on 26th of October, 2023, had issued a call on the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, urging him to address the road need of the people.
Prince Oruboh, emphasized that the deplorable state of these connecting roads has rendered them virtually impassable, particularly during the current rainy season.
This dire situation has left the inhabitants of Udu Kingdom feeling neglected and marginalized.
The enduring plight of these communities necessitated immediate government intervention, not only to restore seamless connectivity with neighboring areas but also to reinvigorate trade and spur growth within Udu Kingdom.
At press time, it is not clear whether the State government has mobilized any contractor or commenced any remedial work on the affected roads.