East-West Road: Before we all crash - By: Monima Daminabo

Since Monday last week, routine traffic at Eleme in Rivers State and along the strategic East West Road, had been disrupted by protesting youths of Ogoni

8/1/2021 8:22:00 AM

Since Monday last week, routine traffic at Eleme in Rivers State and along the strategic East West Road, had been disrupted by protesting youths of Ogoni extraction. Their grouses comprise the grossly deplorable state of the highway,....

Since Monday last week, routine traffic at Eleme in Rivers State and along the strategic East West Road, had been disrupted by protesting youths of Ogoni

The ongoing protest, however, took matters to a new level, as the aggrieved youths blocked the road with assorted obstacles, including vehicles, which completely terminated all forms of vehicular movement across the location. As it is, all workers and visitors to the numerous establishments in that location are forced by the protest to trek to their destinations, as no vehicular movement is allowed. However, smart drivers who are travelling to neighbouring Akwa Ibom State are rerouting through Abia State.

BREAKING: Nigeria’ll crush Boko Haram terrorists, Buhari tells world leaders at UNGA - Punch Newspapers UNGA76: Buhari calls for extension of debt repayment timeline for developing countries - Punch Newspapers Buhari to address 76th UNGA at 2PM - Punch Newspapers

According to the protesting youth who so far have avoided any form of violence as their mission is not disruptive, but simply to call the Federal government to deliver on its numerous promises, they will only backtrack on their action when and if a contractor is mobilised to the site by the government, to commence rehabilitation operations. This they argue is informed by the fact that a contract for the rehabilitation of the road had long been awarded with nothing to show for such. It is therefore their expectation that where the federal government may be sleeping on its duty to drive the rehabilitation of the road, their protest will serve as a wakeup call on the former to do the needful.

A striking angle to this protest is that it may hardly be an anomic development that was launched by any whimsical tendency, but rather an organised enterprise which may be enjoying the endorsement of sundry factors beyond the actual protesting youths. Not a few Nigerians are convinced that endorsement and sponsorship could have come from any of the several public and private establishments which are located there, and have been fatigued by the prolonged dilapidated state of the road, with their plight not assuaged by the complacence and negligence of government to address the challenge. For instance, the protest has been spiced with several comic twists that turned it into a rally of sorts, by relaxing the attendant tension. The comic twists include the unexpected show of solidarity by show biz personalities, company representatives as well as even the Chairman of the Eleme Local Government Area Obarillormatte Ollor, who pleaded with them to maintain a civil ambience in the exercise. headtopics.com

The East-West highway which links the South South states of Edo, Delta, Bayelsa Rivers and Akwa Ibom (just short of Cross River) had suffered serial mistreatment which belie its strategic significance not only to the economy of the Rivers State. With respect to its strategic significance, it constitutes the very jugular vein of the oil and gas sector of the country, as a highway that spans the country’s oil and gas zone. This condition renders it the most trafficked road in the country, as it undergoes daily, the humongous grind from the movement of heavy equipment which service the oil and gas operations.

For the purpose of clarification, while the road serves as the arterial highway to the heart of the oil and gas sector, the Eleme section under consideration leads to a complement of strategic public and private establishments that drive the Nigerian economy. For instance the Eleme sector hosts among other establishments, two ocean going wharfs namely the Light Ocean Terminal and the Deep Ocean Terminal all in Onne, the National Fertlizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON), now called Notore Chemicals Limited, the Eleme Petroleum Refinery which is due for a turn-around exercise, Indorama Petrochemicals (formerly Eleme Petrochemicals, the export Free Zone at Onne with dozens of companies as well as a Naval Base.

It is against the negative impact on these victimised establishments and by extension the entire country, through the dilapidated state of the East West road that the protest by the youth along the road assumes an altruistic connotation and demands a fresh disposition of the federal government to the crisis. Their protest is simply an amplification of public take on the situation, and should be seen so by the government. The situation demands the urgent intervention by the Federal government as the state of the road constitutes a threat to the nation’s economy, on the ground that its further detoriation may take a toll that is better avoided. For if the road finally gives way due to prolonged apathy of the government, the reverberation will not be confined to the locality. Every Nigerian may be touched in one way or the other.

Read more: Daily Trust »

#JusticeForIfenyinwa: Female Army Officer Dehumanises NYSC Member In Calabar After An Argument

#JusticeForIfenyinwa: Commissioned Female Army Officer, Lt. Chika Viola Anele Dehumanises Youth Corp Member, Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelia, Serving At 13 Brigad...

Buhari love for them doesn't include infrastructure development, just deny Biafra, and get 3% in PIB bill, he will soon send soldiers to kill those boys. The extortion has stopped not the routing check .

Akpabio begs protesters to vacate east-west roadThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has appealed to protesting Niger Delta youths to vacate Section III

91 Boko Haram fighters, families surrender in North-East –Army - Punch NewspapersThe most widely read newspaper in Nigeria Lie lie Jokers Story

Human Trafficking: NAPTIP rescues 100 victims in S-east in 6 monthsNAPTIP says the victims, who were mostly children, were exposed to sexual exploitation, child labour, violence and baby harvesting, amongst other crimes.

South-East states, police kick as IPOB issues sit-at-home order - Punch NewspapersThe most widely read newspaper in Nigeria The wish and demands of the people will prevail. Without people. There will be no police. This one pain the enemy of truths and lovers of one Nigeria. Nothing is two big to sacrifice for a man whom already sacrifice his time, energy and parents just for betterment of his own people. Nnamdi kanu is a God gifted son, brother, uncle and husband to the entire Igbo race. Kick what? Na by force to go out again?. If e pain you, then give them MNK

In 2003, south-east voted for Obasanjo against Ojukwu — why? By Fredrick Nwabufo - By: Fredrick NwabufoOPINION: Those plunking for secession and advancing hate for the north may not know that the region was once a convenient political ally of the south-east.

BREAKING: IPOB Orders Sit-At-Home In South-East Nigeria Every Monday Till Nnamdi Kanu Regains Freedom, Threatens Violators | Sahara ReportersThe group referred to the planned weekly protest ‘ghost Monday.’ Is ok.. Still you guys we be the one suffering if in aspect of business.. Use ur sense.. Sit at home didn't affect fGovt Make una dey try calm down oh Extended weekends 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁