- The road leading to the the hometown of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been submerged
- A section of the road from Onuebum in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state has been flooded by water from the river and adjoining forest
- According to experts, several communities including Onuebum, Otuokpoti and Otuoke are under threat of plunging given the continuous upwelling
A section of the road from Onuebum-Otuoke, the hometown of the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state has been submerged.
It was reported that the flooding was caused by escalating water from the river and adjoining forest.
This has been a perennial problem along the section of the highway, where water runs across the road from the forest with a very strong current, washing away portions of the road in the process.
Some farm settlements have also been overrun in the area. Experts stated that given the continuous upwelling with predictions of high water volume this year, several communities including Onuebum, Otuokpoti and Otuoke are under threat of plunging.
According to NDV reporter who visited the area, the Elebele-Imiringi-Emeyal flank to the oil and gas-rich Ogbia council is also riddled with deep craters, constraining motorists to desert the motorway.
Some travellers recalling the six years of Ijaw presidency, expressed sadness at the development, regretting that the opportunity to transform the area was unexploited.
They said the problem would not have solved if Jonathan’s government constructed a suspended bridge across the marshy land, as the federal government did at Ikorodu, Lagos state.
However a native of Otuoke who maintained that the problem was not caused by Jonathan, said: “At least, Jonathan brought the Federal University to our community; there is also the Skills Acquisition Development Centre at Otuoke built by Niger Delta Ministry, which has since been converted to an Engineering faculty of the university. There is shore protection for the community and several concrete internal roads within our community.”
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the country home of Goodluck Jonathan, Otuoke, in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state, may not see the blinking electricity provided by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) until certain standing issues are resolved.
For over four years, the community has been without power supply from the electricity company from Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
NAIJ.com's reporter, who visited the community on a fact finding mission, was inundated with complaints from both community members and students over the power challenge in the area.
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