Opi/Nsukka – 9th Mile Express Road deteriorating conditions have become a growing concern for residents and commuters alike. This crucial lifeline, once a symbol of connectivity, now stands at the crossroads of neglect and degradation. Plying the once ever busy Opi/Nsukka – 9th Mile Express Road has become a daunting task for motorists and pedestrians. Potholes, uneven surfaces, crumbling asphalt and deep gullies have transformed the once-smooth thoroughfare into a hazardous journey and death trap. The road’s deplorable condition not only jeopardizes the safety of commuters but also hampers economic activities in the region. Daily commuters face a myriad of challenges as they traverse this dilapidated route. Increased travel times, vehicle damages, and heightened safety risks are just a few of the repercussions. The sorry state of the road has led to a decline in the overall quality of life for those relying on it for their daily commute. Imagine a situation where some vehicles were trapped on this very road for several hours and in some cases, days before help could come their way.
Businesses along the Opi/Nsukka through Ogbede (Igbo-etiti local government area), Egede (Udi local government area) and some other communities in two local government areas to 9th mile corner, Ngwo, all in Enugu state are grappling with the consequences of the road’s deterioration. The bad condition of the road also extends to Otukpo, the Benue state section of the road. Transportation costs have surged, affecting the prices of goods and services. Additionally, the unreliable state of the road has deterred potential investors, impeding economic growth and development in the region. The environmental impact of the road’s poor condition cannot be overstated. Erosion, dust pollution, and waterlogging are now common occurrences, posing threats to both the ecosystem and public health. Urgent intervention is required to mitigate these environmental hazards and preserve the ecological balance.
The communities along the Opi/Nsukka – 9th Mile Express Road are expressing their discontent with the current state of affairs. Residents are experiencing hardships ranging from limited access to emergency services to disruptions in their daily routines. One of the indigenes of the communities along the road who spoke under condition of anonymity said that the road project was awarded by the previous government and the construction started after the award of the contract but as soon as the campaign for the 2023 general election began, work on the road suddenly stopped. The time has come for authorities to heed the community’s call for immediate action. The plight of the Opi/Nsukka – 9th Mile Express Road demands urgent attention from relevant authorities. A comprehensive reconstruction and rehabilitation plans, including resurfacing, drainage improvements, and safety enhancements, is crucial to restore this vital artery to its former functionality. Timely intervention will not only enhance the safety and well-being of the community, safe the road from further degradation but also spur economic growth and prosperity in the region.