OWANTA/ALIOSIMI ROAD: A DEATH TRAP

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The Efeizomor Street/Owanta Secondary School axis of
the Owanta/Aliosimi road is seriously begging for government attention. In a
visit by Ika Weekly to the area on Wednesday morning, 4 July, 2012  the once manageable road has been defaced by
erosion. Some parts of the road particularly from the power line junction  to Owanta
Secondary School is
already separated with potholes which are gradually turning into gullies. The
condition of the road if not addressed now might deprive residents from using
the road. Okoda riders find it difficult to ply the road, as all car owners in
the area have resorted to the use of motorcycle since there is no way their
cars can be moved out of their compound because of the presence of the pot
holes.

Owanta Secondary School students and their teachers who
use the road on  daily basis are the most
affected as they have to pass through pains using the road. The most funny
aspect is that even okada riders find it difficult plying the road, as two
motorcycles cannot pass the road simulataneously. To buttress this fact a
bitter  argument that almost led to a
fight ensued between two okada men in the presence of the writer of this
report  over who should pass first.

Residents of the area who are mainly civil servants
were afraid to talk to the press but registered their grievances over the bad
state of the road.

Ika Weekly gathered that construction work has started
from the Owa-Alizomor axis of the road but has stopped at Owanta Secondary
School, while from Owanta  secondary
school to Efeizomor Street no work has commenced. It is however believed that
who ever is the contractor handling the road will find it expedient to commence
work on the damaged portions before it will get out of hand.

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