Mohammed Oluwatimileyin Taoheed writes,

It is of utmost priority to the government of any country to provide social amenities such as stable electricity; drinkable water, sound health facilities among others. Looking at our country, many roads have been the most used channels of transportation for various business activities. How do you expect a petty trader with low capital to use a ship or plane to convey goods to his rustic hamlet? Certainly, it is a burden.

If it is so, it means that a good road is an inevitable asset for an economic boom. It then arises, what is the state of the Nigerian roads? It is no longer news that all and sundry are aware of the bad state of our roads and this to a large extent impeded the growth of agriculture as peasants find it cumbersome to bring their annual yield to the urban cities where it would be valued by “hungry wolves” whose fiscal economists called “the consumers”.

Roads are quintessential, I must confess. While working on research early this year, I came across a press release in my late dad’s library from the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC ) which revealed that “4,373 people died as a result of 9698 auto crashes” in the year 2019. You would concur with me that innocent lives are lost daily due to the dilapidated nature of our roads.

Have you travelled around New Bussa of Niger State? Have you been to Abia State before? It is pellucid if you have been to any of them. Niger State has the worst road while Abia State is one hilarious irony of human creation. Don’t be astounded if I divulge that the Nigerian spots of commerce (Lagos and Kano States) are not even excluded despite their boisterousness.

Not only potholes have taken over the mantle of leadership of this road but also erosion has eaten deep into the tar that covered the ‘long threads’. Climate change is also an active antagonist likewise with ample other factors.

Thus, this piece is a clear call to all: our governments; the opulent individuals, the non-governmental organizations, and even the common man that OUR ROADS ARE PREGNANT!” 

Mohammed Oluwatimileyin Taoheed is a 100-Level student from the Faculty of Law, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

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