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How a 4 hour Journey Lasted for 10 hours: BN Reader Shares her Ordeal on Kogi Roads

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A BN reader, L.O, recently visited Kogi State, and shared with us, how a journey that typically takes 4 hours, took 10 hours, as a result of what she described as the “horrible state” of the roads in the region.

She shared her experience with us, along with pictures of the area to raise awareness about the issue:

I would like you to call the Federal Government’s attention to this express way. I was in Kogi state over the weekend for an event, a 4 – hour journey took 10 hours. The road in Isanlu is horrible. It’s so dangerous and very unsafe. There are a lot of damaged cars on the road because of the potholes. So many lives have been lost and people get robbed all the time.

The road that leads to Dangote’s cement factory is appalling. The road in Okene is terrible and always blocked with trailers.  I believe it’s the Federal Government’s job to fix it. The only way to get to the Government is through social media. Something needs to be done.

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We’d like to thank L.O for sharing her experience with us. We’re hoping government officials take action on the issue soon.

Have some experiences you would like to share with us? E-mail: Bella(at)bellanaija.com

17 Comments

  1. deb

    October 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    That road that travels through dangote’s factory is a dead trap with heavy duty trucks plying the road in a 16ft pot hole. The road will give you depression.

  2. Layide

    October 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for posting this! Hopefully the government responds.

  3. hassan Abdul

    October 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    When you elect fools as leaders, this is exactly what you get.

    • nene

      October 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      who elected them? not me but ghost voters

  4. Mimi

    October 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Nigeria needs to invest more in alternative mode of transport. This is what happens when due diligence is not done. The road should have been upgraded before a factory that required constant movement of heavy duty vehicles was built at the end of it.

  5. Tosin

    October 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    BN read my mind. Can we agree that spending hours on trips/commutes that should take minutes is not OK, I mean, it’s not OK.
    We need trains like 20 years ago. We need a system for fixing roads and making sure they stay fixed. We need a law that protects us from undue hardship in traffic. 1 hr from VI to Lekki is undue hardship, sorry. Island-Mainland rush-hour? Somebody should get sued. 40hour workweeks should start “including” travel time, lol, see? for some people, more than half is travel time. 🙂

  6. Ides of March

    October 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Makes me want to drag members of the state government out and dunk them in those pot holes, it’s not rocket science to fix the damn roads!!!!!

  7. nene

    October 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    nigerian roads are death traps. you have to avoid crazy drivers and holes every time you drive a car. smh. as if the stress in the country is not enough.

  8. Blessed

    October 13, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    No government in Nigeria! God please help.

  9. bruno

    October 14, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Pls if you have family members or friends who are planning to relocate back to nigeria, biko show them these pictures so they can have a rethink. Nigeria makes me sick, (nepa brought light today for just 30 minutes, its been 1 week straight no light.)

  10. heeba

    October 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Honestly roads in most states of Nigeria are like this. This is how the roads to the villages and towns are like. That is why they never develop. The state Capital is given an eye uplift as to pretend the state governor is doing something some form of work.
    It appalling and these are part of the things that should qualify on whether the Governor is doing his work. All of them are just corrupt they don’t understand that if they don’t fix this problem no one will and their Children’s Children will be left with a worse of situation……(they don’t even think of the future)
    As for the area in Kogi state she is talking about its my place but I never go because its a death trap…….the likes of JIDE OMOKORE dashing out porches and cars to women, his people are suffering he cannot claim another country or another state this is where he comes from (appalling ,embarrassing and a disgrace) but he can be fronting to chop NNPC crude.

  11. Arome Arome

    October 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Kogi State governor who was imposed on us by pdp is practically sleeping, the painful aspect is the fact that he is still nursing the ambition of second term in officer. #IsKogiWorking?

  12. sleekdami

    October 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    KOGI is suffering cos the pple of KOGI allowed it so. I passed there during sallah….it was an eyesore and IDRIS WADA would win again in 2016…what has he done dere???? nothing buh TRUST ME he woyuld win again

  13. Adebola

    October 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Afi most states nan!…excluding SOKOTO!!!

  14. Mohammad

    October 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Where are the religious folk when we need them to come pray for God/Allah/Ogun to come and fix this?

  15. Deji

    October 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    One of the functions of government is to make good roads available for the citizens. The effect of any government in power is hardly, if at all, felt by the masses if basic infrastructures are not provided. Nigerians don’t really care if Jonathan, Atiku, Kwakwanso, IBB, Buhari, Okorocha or even D Banj is the president. All an average Nigerian needs is good governance. Based on the state of the roads shown in these pictures, the present crop of leaders need to be replaced. Cast ur votes for them and continue suffering or seek for a regime change and hope for the best.

    • pro

      October 15, 2014 at 3:10 am

      the igala roads are smooth yet in the same kogi. federal Govt has release funds. its just the idiots we call the leader that are letting us into these and the people of this area are so gullible .Can you believe thats omokores village. but they can do weddings in dubai

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