How Forcados Road, Bridge Will Boost Housing Development -Residents

The completion of the on-going Okwogbe/Oginigbo/Egbo-Ideh/Ayakoromo N15 billion road and bridge project, would not only integrate the agrarian communities, but would also open a flood gate of socio-economic development for the people, who for years, had been cut off from the rest of the world by the River Forcados and its swampy coastal terrain.
The 10-kilometre (km) road and 600 metres (m) bridge, when completed, would pass through Okwogbe/Oginigbo/Egbo-Ideh and other communities and also pass Forcados River through the on-going bridge project linking up the Ayakoromo and other riverline communities in Ughelli South, Burutu and others Local Government Areas of the state.
According one of our interviewers, Philip Samuel, ‘’ to wake up one day and see access roads in our areas would be like a wild dream occurring physically. In fact, I can’t image its, a bridge and road constructed to access places as Ayakoromo, Ojobo and others. Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan may unknowingly be inscribing his name in gold, we only wait to see it happen’’.
Mrs. Esther Burutu, a trader, residing in Egbo-Ideh community, said that apart from creating access road for easy evacuation of agricultural produce from rural communities to larger urban markets, the road will also pave the way for transportation of building materials to the areas.
The shortage of these vital bulk building materials such as the cement, rods, granites, roofing sheets, woods and others to the coastal communities was responsible to the absence of modern buildings, the presence of access road will, indeed, give room for housing development in our areas, said Mrs. Burutu.
Master Peter Grade, a student of Delta State University, Abraka campus, also supported Mrs. Burutu’s assertion. He said that to transport bulk building materials with wooden engine boats is not only time-consuming, but very stressful and costly.
According to him, many indigenes of these affected coastal communities, found it difficult to erect buildings in their father land not because of the finance involved, but due to many challenges threatening their effort, but he added that ‘’with the coming of this laudable project, many of us will go back home and contribute our quota to the social development of our ancestral homes, especially those in the business and political classes’’.