Nigeria’s roads need urgent attention

I write to draw the attention of the federal government to a matter of utmost importance. Our roads, once hailed as the arteries of development, are now in a state of decay, endangering the lives and property of millions of citizens.

Roads play a pivotal role in a country’s development. According to the World Bank, well-developed roads are a catalyst for economic prosperity, job creation, and the integration of communities. 

Sadly, Nigeria’s road network, encompassing a landmass of 923,768 square kilometers and a population exceeding 220 million, is far from meeting these standards. Out of the approximately 200,000 kilometers of roads in the country, a staggering 63 percent remains untarred, contributing to an infrastructure shortfall of critical proportions.

The repercussions of our decrepit road infrastructure are far-reaching. Lives are constantly endangered as citizens navigate hazardous conditions, and properties are at risk due to accidents and the overall lack of road safety. 

Moreover, the stifling of economic growth due to inadequate road networks limits the movement of goods and services, hindering job creation and overall economic development. Investors may be hesitant to engage in regions with poor infrastructure, perpetuating a cycle of underdevelopment.

However, apart from the its danger on the economy,  poor road conditions impact education, with irregular attendance and restricted access to educational institutions impeding the progress of our students.

Also, Inaccessibility due to bad roads isolates rural communities, hindering social interaction. Emergency services, including medical assistance and disaster response, are often hampered by poor road conditions, putting lives at risk during critical situations.

Addressing the state of Nigeria’s roads is not just a matter of convenience; it is a critical step towards safeguarding the well-being and prosperity of the nation’s people. Immediate and concerted efforts are essential to mitigate the adverse effects and build a foundation for a safer, healthier, and more vibrant future for all citizens.

In light of these challenges, I implore President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to prioritise the urgent reconstruction and maintenance of Nigeria’s road network. A commitment to this crucial aspect of infrastructure development will not only enhance the safety and well-being of our citizens but also pave the way for economic revitalisation.

As a leader with a proven track record of dedication to public service, your intervention in addressing the road infrastructure crisis would undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy. The time to act is now, and I trust that your administration will rise to the occasion, ensuring a brighter and safer future for all Nigerians.

Felicity Tarkighir,

Department of Mass Communication,

Borno state University, Maiduguri