Road To Otuoke Submerged In Flood

Road To Otuoke Submerged In Flood

Floods have partially closed the road that links Onuebum and Otuoke, the home of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state.


Vanguard reports that the road which links Azikoro-Agbura-Onuebum-Otuoke is the shortest way to Ogbia town for people residing around the Ekeki suburb to Ovom, Yenagoa, the state capital.

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The volume of water on the road is so much that only haulage trucks can brace the flood. Smaller vehicles especially commercial cars that used to ply the route are now forced to use the Elebele-Emeyal flank.

There is a federal university of technology in Otuoke which has a large student population. Non-indigenes are also doing business in the town which has seen a steady rise in business activities.

The flood has, however, crippled business as restaurant operators and palm wine sellers have been forced to move due to the rising water.

A driver in the area who identified himself only as Dadiowei said due to the heavy flood drivers have been forced to abandon the Azikoro-Agbura-Onuebum-Otuoke route.

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He said: “It will be a suicide mission for a small vehicle to go through the flood. There are so many craters on the submerged road that could prove fatal for somebody not conversant with the road. I almost lost control of my car on Monday when I drove through the flooded portion.”

The state of the road to Daura, the home of President Muhammadu Buhari, is also described as dilapidated. The only hotel in the town is also not impressive.


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