In Nigeria the rainy season is often times characterized by heavy flooding which sometimes leads to loss of property and human displacement.
For Nigerians travelling to the Niger Delta region – or South-South – it can be a herculean task.
Rpad commuters travelling from Abuja say they face serious challenges getting to their destinations in the South-South due to the flooding of various routes and bad roads.
Peter Ekpo, a business man, said that some highways had become impassable due to flooding.
“These days when we are travelling to Akwa Ibom State, instead of taking Lokoja road as usual, we will divert our movement to Abuja-Keffi road in Nasarawa State.”
Ekpo said that the development made the journey longer than it should have been, leading to late arrival which impacts negatively on his business.
He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to find a solution to the situation by repairing federal roads, to ameliorate the suffering of travellers.
Ekpo drew Federal Government’s special attention to the Ajaokuta-Lokoja Road which he described as a death trap.
Also commenting, Peace Okon complained about the narrow nature of some highways and appealed to the Federal Government to expand such roads.
“You can imagine what is happening these days; I spend more than 12 hours to travel from Abuja to Akwa Ibom.
“I spend much more hours on the road due to poor road conditions. I am appealing to government at all levels to respond to this call,” Okon said.
Similarly, Anietie Ntuen, another commuter, said that plying some Nigerian roads had become a very big risk and a threat to peoples’ lives.
“I am appealing to the governments to treat issues relating to road as top priority, to avert some of the accidents we are experiencing on daily basis,” Ntuen said.
The rainy season in Nigeria is driven by the South-West trade winds that come from the nation’s Atlantic ocean seaboard.
Typically, rainy season lasts from March to November annually.
Many travelers to the Southern part of the country hope that the rains subside, just as the Federal government expedites action in carrying out remedial works on road networks affected by the unpredictable rainy season.