Agbor – Residents, motorists, and commuters plying the Agbor-Uromi road have continued to groan over difficulty to pass through the Agbor/Igbanke section of the road, in Ika-South local government area of Delta State.
The Trunk A national road which link Edo, to and from other states in Nigeria has been rendered unpassable due to flood water from Agbor-Obi area and environ that finds it way beside Agbor Technical College to the road.
The Nigerian Observer gathered that during downpour, vehicles are stuck in the sand accompanying the flood water, thereby forcing traffick to a standstill along the stretch, even as motorists especially truck drivers spend days before the road clear for them to continue their journey.
Some motorists going to the Eastern parts from the Uromi Axis are left with no option other than to divert at Oligie-Igbanke, through to Mbiri-Emu communities to connect the Agbor-Asaba expressway.
It was further gathered, the company handling construction of the Vocational and Entrepreneurship Development Center at the Agbor Technical College sometimes assist to clear the road when block by the sand, to allow free flow of traffic.
Other individuals who volunteer in the sand clearing whenever the road block to traffic as a result of the flooding, receive cash gifts from motorists to encourage them.
According to residents, the flood water do not only destroy the road, as it flow through it to residential apartments at Alibioba street and it surroundings to destroy properties and render occupants homeless.
The residents who recalled in June 2019 how one Rev Chosen Godday lost his two sons to a flashflood that swept through the area at the time, appealed to the Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to fix the deplorable road to boost economic activities within the Agbor Axis.
They lamented that their businesses suffer lack of patronage, whenever it is raining as people avoid the area to avert being stuck up.
“once the heavy erosion carry red sand enter the road; any motor enter, e go magnet am there. The one when e dey follow am go hook, all the motor go remain standstill till d next day if not the third day until dem clear am again.
“you go see trailers park from here go reach Oligie, from here to express. Those wen dey come from Port Harcourt go hang, unless dem dey go straight to Asaba side. Even the gutters wen suppose channel the water go river don block”, owner of a mechanic workshop adjacent the Agbor Technical College narrated in Pigin English.