Photo by Francis Xavier
by Utibe Udo
In I986, Mr Sam Eyo published a book, The Road to Bar Beach, I had long forgotten this beautiful book until I travelled to Aba yesterday .As we battled through the flood , navigated through the thick forest and resultant traffic. I never waited to be told that I was already con the road to bar beach.
The deplorable state of federal roads in the South South and South East , especially Ikot Ekpene – Aba Road and Calabar – Itu road is the neglect snubbism and insensitivity of some terribly masquerading people in government we have seen over the years.Professor China Achebe in one of his celebrated books The Trouble with Nigeria said , That the Trouble with Nigeria is (poor ) Leadership.
My experience yesterday along Ikot Ekpene -Aba road was hellish , better to be told than experienced , the clock ,struck 9 pm . we were still at Aba navigating through the thick dark forest, praying with sealed lips and enduring the mercy – go – round journey with hope of landing Ikot Ekpene, the raffia city ,truly my prayer through out that terrible journey was,” though I walk through the shadow of death , I shall fear no evil…”
In the end,we had to battle through the flood and the resultant traffic ,Once we landed the raffia City ,Ikot Ekpene , sure , I knew that I had return from the Road to Bar Breach.
I was not outside this country Nigeria , a country so rich and economically powerful but such where her federal roads usher in innocent passages to worse on their Democratic government a government that does not recognise the common people who are indeed to them the very fantastic and glaring objects of exploitation and abuses.
What we have had over the years have been this stage of hypocrisy on the society that knows only the rich , the smart and the fast . those who came into power through prebendalism and godfatherism . What we all democracy in Nigeria is without correct definition, far from Abraham Lincoln views of government of the by people by the people and for the people, where a people are disconnected as a result of bad road is democracy well expressed? Where the basic needs of people are ignored is democracy well expressed?
The thrust of this was to bring to government attention the need to look into the deplorable state of federal roads in Nigeria , There is no industrialization without good roads!
Udo Utibe,A contemporary Writer ,a Poet , an Author of many Books and The former National Coordinator Annang Heritage Preservation Incoperated (AHPI) Wrote from Essien Udim .
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