Residents in the oil-rich city of Port Harcourt have decried the poor state of one of the major roads in the city: Celestine Omehia Road,aka SARS.
This particular road is very strategically positioned, being one of the gateways connecting PortHarcourt city to the Port Harcourt International airport.
SARS road is considered a death-trap by motorists and commuters alike, as the situation of the road is deplorable, and a threat to life, since it’s a well known fact that roads in poor conditions can often lead to accidents and eventual loss of lives.
Speaking on the condition of the road, Barr Azubuike Ihemeje, a renowned human rights activist, first commended the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his monumental strides in infrastructural development in the state, especially in road construction.
However, he pointed out that the governor should also remember SARS road, which was actually one of the first roads that received the governor’s touch, but now in a deplorable condition.
In his words, “Anybody who’ll deny the recent wonderful road projects in Rivers state, already executed, and several others still ongoing,must be a pathological liar; for this present Governor has done extremely well on beautiful roads delivery.
“However, attention must be drawn to the abysmal and deteriorated state of this particular road(SARS). Fixing this road will effectively increase the expansion of the City in many ways than few.
“In fairness to the Governor, this road was one of the several roads that received immediate intervention during the governor’s few days in office in his first tenure.
“Regrettably though, this road is now a deathtrap.This road is in a terrible state right now”.
Speaking further, the able lawyer suggested Dualization of the road as the only solution to this problem.
In the same vein, other motorist and users of the road have shared their experiences and observations regarding the pitiable condition of the road. Most of them complained about the hike in fare, as a short distance that would normally cost two hundred naira(#200) now goes for a thousand naira or more.
The inhabitants of SARS road, the motorists, and residents of Port Harcourt in general, are hereby calling on his excellency, the executive Governor of Rivers state to do what he knows how to do best, and restore the lost glory of Celestine Omehia Road, aka SARS.