ASABA – The Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers has called on the Federal Government and all men of good will to urgently intervene by fixing the bad portion of the Lagos-Asaba road between Ubulu-Okiti and Otulu Junction, which has become a death trap for motorists and other road-users.
In a statement in Asaba, Dr. Emmanuel Efezeimor II, Chairman of the Council and Obi of Owa, decried the deplorable condition of the road, saying that urgent steps should be taken to fix the portion of the road to avert unpleasant consequences.
The monarchs reasoned that the Lagos-Asaba road is the gate-way to the eastern part of the country, adding that the road usually witnesses heavy traffic during the yuletide thereby underscoring the need for the government to urgently take action.
The royal fathers also stressed the need for the deployment of officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to divert motorists from the bad portion of the road and suggested that a combined team of security agencies should be positioned strategically to ward off criminals from the spot.
They insisted that the road might be cut into two if nothing was urgently done to address the situation, which had claimed some lives.
The bad road is caused by a deep gully measuring about twenty-four feet, which had eaten into the sloppy road and no fewer than five vehicles have fallen into the gully.
The monarchs also called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads in the state, which are in deplorable condition.
The roads include the Asaba-Ogwashi-Uku Road, Ughelli-Warri Road, Ughelli-Patani-Yenogoa Road, Sapele-Warri Road and Agbor-Abavo-Urhonigbe-Abraka Road.