Traders, Motorists Lament Poor State Of Rukpokwu-Eneka Road


Traders, business opera
    tors and motorists have lamented over the poor state of roads in Rukpokwu and Eneka communities all in Obio/Akpor local government area of the state.
Some of the traders who spoke to The Tide, said they can hardly make ends meet as their customers now go to other markets to purchase their daily needs.
A trader on building materials, Mr Lucky Anaele, said the worst hit area is the Rukpokwu-Eneka road as a section of the road had developed a deep gully, leading to the area being called “water side”.
Anaele explained that some traders were forced to relocate because of low patronage and realizing that the landlord of the shop would not listen to excuses for the store rent.
Another trader who deals on provision and who would not want her name in print said, “we even find it difficult to transport our goods because of the bad road.
She called on the state government to do something urgently as the area had been cut off from Port Harcourt, explaining that cars stop at either side of the waterlogged area to pick and drop passengers who pay higher for the short distance.
A commercial driver Mr Ikye, who plies the road bemoaned the level of neglect on the road by government, noting that they charged N50.00 before the road got bad but today, any driver loading Rukpokwu to Eneka takes N150,00.
He disclosed that cars plying the road are regular customers to the mechanic because of the terrible state of the road.
According to him, before the rain started, we heard that the state government had awarded contract for the rehabilitation of the portion that is now called waterside but till now we have not seen any sign.”