Flyover Bridge At Ughelli Will Unleash Prosperity In Delta, Open Hinterlands Of Isoko, Ndokwa And Ijaw Up

The Oasis Reporters


December 28, 2021





Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike (left) and Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.


By Greg Abolo


Visiting Isoko land during the Yuletide opened eyes on how a lack of imaginative governance has held the entire area down.

Isoko consists of two local governments, viz, Isoko South and Isoko North local governments.

Speaking personally, I visited the area during the weekdays and equally on a few weekends.

One thing that I noticed is that on weekdays, movement into Isoko land is slightly freer. But weekends are much more frenzied and tortuous, going in and out.

The first governor to open Isoko land up was James Onanefe Ibori, a highly detribalized man who despite having no ethnic affiliation with the tribe, tarred practically all the roads in the area, thus giving the hitherto physically backward but oil producing area that is also very rich in food production access to the outside world. Ibori takes that credit.

With more roads all over Delta State that has greatly enhanced mobility, it has become obvious that enough has not been done for the previously despised and neglected part of Delta State.

Imagine accessing Isoko land from Delta State’s commercial city of Warri. A Federal trunk ‘A’ road takes you to Ughelli, another emerging big city as gateway to Isoko and Ndokwa nations. By the time you divert from Ughelli to the access road into the hinterlands, you’ve bid goodbye to the Trunk ‘A’ dual carriageway and are on a one lane road which gets worse by the time you get to Iyede.

Every other road thereafter is practically one lane, making way for dangerous driving that increases road crashes.

Why can’t the state government dualize roads in Isoko and Ndokwa lands ?
Why treat those economic powerhouses cheaply and with much disdain ?

A lot of visitors stream into the Delta hinterlands during the dry season for celebrations and what have you. The area is a bread basket, besides it’s big play in Oil and Gas.

A lot more can be done to unleash the huge potential of the area for the greater glory of the state and nation.

For instance, Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa can construct a flyover bridge at Ughelli to minimize the traffic build up that clog the city up because the dual carriageway from Warri to Port Harcourt empties into a one track road leading to the hinterlands. Navigating that hardship is rather unnerving and an unnecessary bottleneck if imaginative thinking gets into governance.

Rebisi flyover in Port Harcourt. Ughelli needs something similar.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has already proven that viability with his 8 flyovers all over Port Harcourt. Now traffic gridlocks are over for good in the city. At least into the near future. Okowa is a smart man, and can do this.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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