Flood takes over road to ex-President Jonathan’s hometown

A section of the Onuebum Road
leading to Otuoke, former President, Dr.
Goodluck Jonathan’s home town in Ogbia
Local Government Area of Bayelsa State,
has been taken over by flood.
Motorists, especially private car owners, are
now forced to travel through Elebele Road to
access Otuoke community, host to a federal
university.
Also, petty traders operating along the
Otuoke-Onuebum Road have been sacked by
the rising water level from the adjoining
forest.
The road is the closest route for residents of
Azikoro, Agbura, Otuokpoti and several other
communities in Yenagoa to access Otuoke.
Some community youths had done palliative
work on the failed portion of the road before
flood submerged it. The youths were
sighted, yesterday, directing vehicles away
from the deeper parts of the flooded area.
Indigene’s tale of woes
An indigene of the area, who identified
himself as Azibalua, told Vanguard: “This is
exactly how it started in 2012 and before we
knew it, the entire road was taken over by
flood.
“With the way the water level is rising, our
communities are also not safe. This road
might be closed to traffic in the next one
week if the water keeps rising.”
A staff of the Federal University, Otuoke,
John, said they were now spending more on
transportation because of the refusal of
most commercial vehicles to ply the
troubled route.
He called on the state and Federal
Government to come to the aid of the
communities by finding a lasting solution to
the perennial problem.

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