The Angalabiri community in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa, has commended the state government for constructing the 35 km road linking the riverine area with the upland.
An indigene of the community, Mr Shagamu Eberiye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sagbama on Sunday that the road signified a new dawn in the community.
Eberiye, who is a lecturer in the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, said that the road would reduce the age-long suffering of the people and attract more development to the area.
He decried the inability of the people to evacuate their agricultural produce to other parts of Bayelsa due to lack of roads.
The lecturer said that when completed the road would boost farming in the area.
“Agriculture is very important anywhere in the world. Thank God we now have a road to our community; hopefully, it will promote our farming activities.
According to him, development of markets and other infrastructure depends on development of road network, so, we are happy about the good work of the present administration.
Another indigene, Mr Joseph Gaius, said that the road would liberate the Angalabiri community from backwardness.
“Before now, our only means of transportation is water, but we thank God for what is happening in our area today; kudos to the state government.
“We are still expecting some other infrastructure like electricity, modern hospitals, schools and markets,” Gaius said.
A farmer, Mr Clement Pere, who expressed joy, noted that the road would transform the lives of the farmers.
Pere said the farmer would now find it easier to transport their produce to other areas of the state.
NAN reports that the road project connecting the riverine area with other parts of the state is nearing completion. (NAN)