Residents of Nekede in Owerri West Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State have decried the deplorable road conditions in their community.
According to some of the residents, the road conditions have negatively influenced economic growth in the community.
Other residents have noted that the several attempts to call the attention of the State government to rescue the community have yielded no positive results.
In a phone chat one resident told SaharaReporters on Wednesday that the road is gradually being washed away by erosion.
The resident added that the road, which has “deep potholes," has place untold vehicle owners into hardship.
"Many residents are not happy about this road. As a result of its deep potholes residents have to trek long distances, as they could not go with their vehicles,” he said.
He added “the motorcyclists "Keke" drivers have hiked their transportation fare as they complain that the road damages their vehicle.”
It was also learned that some groups have began collecting illegal tariffs on motorists and commuters traveling on the road. One local told SaharaReporters that "these miscreants calling themselves youth in the community harass residents and vehicle owners to give them money. This is being done on daily basis as they would not allow you to pass the only tiny road unless you give them something".
SaharaReporters took photographs of some roads, many sections of which have been washed away by erosion.
Many residents have appealed to Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State, to take action and maintain the deteriorating roadway.