Thursday, 6 June 2013


Please tell the whole world if you know, why the East West Road is still not given attention by the Federal and state governments. The East West Road is the one linking Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Lagos, and the rest of the world and from the Rivers end to Akwa/Ibom, Abia, Cross river and to all the other states of the federation and the world.
'Thoughts are things', and it was thought of that, this very important road in the oil and gas producing Niger Delta Region and the South-South geo-political zone was going to be in the priority list of the federal government, but that sounds like a 'far cry' and it is unbelievable that this has continued to this day that Niger Deltans are well positioned to take decisions on what should be done and what should not at the national table of decision making.
The policies and priorities of the Nigerian government are so difficult to understand, because the national budget goes into trillions of Naira, under various headings with roads as one of the key areas to be tackled within the twelve months budgeting, and  don't forget the East/West road has always been a recurring decimal. And it hardly escaped being mentioned in our national budget speeches as one of the so important roads listed to be completed by the federal government. President Obasanjo did his best to bring Setraco to work on the road, but when some miscreants in the area came and threatened Setraco, the company confidently pulled out with the billons of Naira paid and the federal government with all her might remained quiet. When the late president, Yar'adua came he also was concerned with the completion of the Niger Delta, but for his untimely exit. But when Goodluck Jonathan become president it was like God had answered the prayers of the people of Niger Delta on the cries for development, and with the creation of the Niger Delta Ministry and appointment of a Niger Deltan, Mr. Godsday Orubebe it considered sealed, but yet the East West Road is still abandoned and the Niger Delta is yet to see the dividends of DEMOCRACY, the question is, where are we going?,


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