By Iniobong Etuk
Life is increasingly becoming unbearable for tricycle operators in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital over the bad state of roads within the state capital. With the ban placed on tricycles (Keke) few years back, which prevented them from passing through the popular Ibom Plaza, they were forced to start using the adjoining streets around the Plaza.
Today, operators of tricycles are seriously groaning over the bad state of the adjoining streets which has caused them untold sufferings. According to them, besides the daily pains they and their passengers witness while plying the bad roads, they can no longer make significant profits because they spend more money repairing their tricycles that are damaged from the bad roads.
“This is this getting too unbearable for us. We are suffering. We go home every day with body pains and repay our Keke almost every day also because of the bad roads. This is not fair to us. “We are paying N200 for tickets every day. If you calculate the number of Keke in Uyo, the money should be enough for the government to patch the roads for us”, lamented one of the tricycle operators.
Observations reveal that while streets like Nsentip have completely broken down and are impassable, others like Udoh Street, Okokon Etuk Street, Udoeduok Street and other adjoining streets are in a very bad state, making it difficult for motorists and other road users to use them, especially in this raining season.
The tricycle operators have called on the state government to intervene by carrying out remedial work on the affected roads in order to alleviate their sufferings.