Students of Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu in Awka North Local Government Area of the state have expressed worry over the deplorable condition of the road leading to the institution.
The road, which is being repaired, also poses a challenge to workers of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) located on the same road.
The students, particularly those living off-campus, lamented the difficulty they encounter accessing the institution from their places of residence.
They said they often attended lectures late, while they missed some entirely as a result of the impassable condition of the road, calling for government’s urgent intervention.
Speaking with The Nation, the institution’s Students’ Union President, Innocent Ikegbunam, said the situation was more worrisome whenever it rained.
He pleaded with the state Governor, Willie Obiano to prevail on the contractor to at least carry out palliative work on the road pending the end of the rainy season.
He said, “Without the road, the polytechnic cannot exist. But if the road is motorable, more vehicles will be available for our students to board as more drivers will be willing to ply the road.
“But once you pass through the road, your body system becomes abnormal; the same with your vehicle.”
Another student, Chimezie Onyenagbagha who resides outside the school, attributed the population decline of students in the institution to the poor state of the road.
“We go to school late many times because of the condition of the road. We even miss lectures sometimes due to the difficulty in getting vehicles willing to pass through the road.
“If I say the road is bad, that will be an understatement. The road is the major reason the school’s population is not increasing and the community itself is not developing,” she added.
Another student, Pascal Ndigwe wondered the reason for the delay in completing the road.
“I wonder why it is taking the contractor so long to complete a road that is not more than four kilometres,” he said.
A bus driver, Lucky Okafor, who shuttles the road, threatened to discontinue plying the route following huge expenses he incurred maintaining his vehicle.