Thursday, 18 May 2017


Emmanuel Okechukwu is an indigene of Enugu state. He was seen sitting helplessly along the road leading to Otuoke, home of former President Goodluck Jonathan. When asked what he does there daily, he said , “I saw the road that it is actually bad, I decided to take care of it on my own. I’m just putting my effort so that our people can move through it. This road got bad since 2012 when the flood entered the area and spoilt the road. And since then, it has been like that.

“Any driver that passes by gives me some money and I use it for myself. I don’t have any work that I am doing,” 42 year old Okechukwu told our reporter who visited Otuoke for a firsthand information on development in the former president’s village.

Although Dr. Goodluck Jonathan made significant impact in the country in his 8 years at the federal seat of power, the road leading to Otuoke, his country home in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state, leaves much to be desired.

Residents have described the road as being in deplorable condition. Ologi Damiete said the condition of the road had become worse since the last rainy season as vehicles now found it difficult to pass through.

A staff of the Federal University, Otuoke, Damiete appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the residents and fix the road for them.

“The condition of this road has become worse since the flood that submerged the whole community and there has not been any preventive measure to forestall future occurrence.

“I am calling on all the relevant authorities to look into the matter because it has become unbearable. Our vehicles have been damaged because of the road,” he told


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