How bad are these roads???

How bad are these roads???

In the heart of Africa, a country of contrast, the Eastern
heartland, heart-warming technology, rich culture, renowned art, abundant
natural resources, feel the unity, feel the affection, feel the peace, welcome
to IMO state, to a university of technology and the uniqueness of its students.
The 8th best higher institution nationwide with a population of
about 21,000 students of diverse color, culture and background.
These undergraduates now take FUTO to be their second home
since they spend almost a year in school for an academic year. Some of them
reside in the school-provided hostels, while a majority of them lodge
off-campus. In FUTO, our host communities include: Ihiagwa, Eziobodo and Umuchima
villages. Transporting ourselves to school every morning from our various
lodges is an added financial burden. But right now, regarding it as a financial
burden is an under-statement. We are now faced with the challenge of paying
double the amount we were formerly paying, getting soiled before we get to
school, having to beg the bykemen to go our way or follow our route, being
attacked on lonely track roads by hoodlums during late evenings, “travelling”
to Owerri town for about an hour against the conventional 20 minutes to get to
The deplorable state of our FUTO roads is quite a pitiable
one. Its mere sight is an eyesore. Before now, everyone was plying our
motorable FUTO roads- students, lecturers, villagers, non-indigene inhabitants,
visitors, passers-by, non-academic staff, the university’s vice-chancellor, his
entourage, other senate colleagues and still many others. Everything was okay
because the roads were still motorable and manageable. We sang a different song
altogether even before the rains came this year, precisely during our first
academic semester of year 2013. All hands were crossed, awaiting the
rehabilitation of the deteriorating roads not knowing that we were wasting our
precious time. All we saw were mounds of red mud that made the roads sticky and
worse. After the break in-between the two semesters, students came back to
school for the final lap of the 2013 academic year, with high hopes that the
roads must have been worked on. To our greatest surprise, the reverse was the
case. Infact, they were worse than before. It got to a point that we were now
making use of long lonely track roads to and fro school. Hell was let loose as
students had so many challenges to contend with: exhorbitant byke fares,
getting soiled while on byke and having the extra stress of going back home to
change, lengthened time/duration on the road, missing the first part of their
lectures every day, trekking and sweating to school each morning for those who
cannot afford the exhorbitant fares. These bad roads have not only affected
students, but also lecturers, workers and people with automobiles. Instead of
plying the shorter back-gate route which has spoilt “beyond repair”, they now
ply the school’s front/main gate which is farther and comparable to travelling
round and round to get to the same point. This makes them make extra expenses
in the purchase of fuel and gas. Naturally, as the pressure increases on a
particular road, its value starts depreciating drastically. As expected, we
have started seeing pot holes on this one and only remaining all-purpose
half-alive route to and fro school. Why won’t there be, when heavy tippers and
lorries carrying building materials race on the road every now and then?
FUTO students are one set of students who are overly anxious
about their academics no matter what. FUTO is one of the best Nigerian tertiary
institutions which give your child/ward the very best educational and personal
traits for life after school. We are peaceful, sensible, wise, well-brought up
youths, who do not believe in engaging in riots and destructive demonstrations
in order to right a wrong. We are calm in all situations, praying to God and
wishing earnestly that something is done to rehabilitate our FUTO roads.
Through this means, therefore, I plead with our able vice-chancellor, Prof.Cyril Chigozie Asiabaka; the Federal Government; the Imo State and well-meaning
citizens/individuals to come to our rescue. FUTO roads must be better! 
(culled from the Vanguard Newspaper of Thursday, November 14, 2013)
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