Several roads rehabilitated by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital, are deteriorating barely months after completion.
Many of the rehabilitation projects including Port Harcourt street, Calabar Street, Ukana Offot street, Nkemba Street, Nkemba by Udo Uweme junction, Nkemba by Micheal Abraham junction, William Street, Anwa Nsa street, Afaha Oku and others have failed.
Water runoff, which seems to be the major cause of bad roads in the state capital were apparently overlooked by experts and contractors deployed by the Commission.
Drainages were not properly built and in some areas they were not constructed at all.
Consequently, since the onset of the rainy season, most streets rehabilitated by NDDC have developed pot holes, the road shoulders have caved in and shallow drainage system built have collapsed as they could not withstand torrential water runoff.
If left unattended to, these failed portions could leave the streets in more deplorable state than they were before rehabilitation work began.
When NDDC announced that it is undertaking the rehabilitation of 297 roads in Akwa Ibom State, people were overjoyed.
Reason being that Akwa Ibom state has not benefitted from the Commission to match its huge contribution to the wealth of Nigeria as the highest producer of the nation’s crude oil.
It was a big relief that NDDC was realizing its commitment to Akwa Ibom people.
However, the Commission has obviously failed to supervise road rehabilitation projects in the state and may not have spotted use of substandard materials and poor job delivery.
By Etette Ukpong
Photos of the roads below.