Commuters were stranded for hours on Friday at the Mosogar axis of the busy Benin – Sapele – Warri highway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State as residents of the area barricaded that portion of the road
The pretesting residents who blocked both the Benin and Warri ends of the road created long queue of both heavy-duty trucks and normal vehicles.
The protest rendered travellers helpless as those who could not wait till when the road opened for vehicular movement had to trek for miles or even kilometers before getting vehicle to their destinations in either ways.
Speaking to our Correspondent on behalf of the protesters, a man who identified himself as Prince said they came out to protest eight years of total darkness in the community.
He noted that different governments have come and gone yet none bothered to listen to their plights, adding that this is not the first time they are protesting and blocking the highway in a way of drawing attention of the government to their plights.
He said, “We are blocking this road in protest of eight years of total darkness. Uduaghan was in government, he did not remember us till he left. Now Okowa has been there for almost six years, he refused to listen to us. The local government chairman of Ethiope West has been in office for two years, he refused to do anything to our light. His office is not far from here, does he wants to say he is not aware of this protest. No problem, we will not open this road until 5:00pm.”
A driver who does not want his name in print said the protesters could have used other methods to express their grievances rather blocking a major highway, lamenting that the act has caused untold hardship to both travellers and drivers.
“There is a better way of doing this rather than blocking a federal highway. The last protest they held in this same comminity, we waited for over five hours. Now, today, they are saying they will not open the road until around 5:00pm. They should have gone to inside town to do this; the local government council is there. They could have gone there to block the council from inflow and outflow of vehicles. This will be more effective than this protest of blocking the highway,” he said.
Recall a similar protest wherein a federal highway was blocked which tendered travellers helpless occurred in Benin, Edo State, yesterday.