Warri, a bustling city in Delta State, has long been a hub of activity. Yet, beneath the vibrant facade, a lurking security threat looms in the form of an absence of streetlights along the crucial Airport road corridor.
The Importance of Streetlights
Streetlights serve as more than just sources of illumination; they are beacons of safety. Their presence not only guides the way but also deters criminal activity. They provide a sense of security for pedestrians, offering visibility during night hours. For motorists, well-lit roads ensure safe navigation, reducing the risk of accidents.
Airport Road’s Dark Dilemma
Airport road, known for its vital connection between Effurun and Warri, was once illuminated, ensuring a safe journey for all. However, today, a complete blackout envelops this corridor, rendering it treacherous after sunset.
The dire situation begins at the Effurun Roundabout, a bustling intersection where various roads converge. From here, travelers embark on the Airport road, blissfully unaware of the looming darkness that awaits.
As one progresses along the route, the absence of functioning streetlights becomes undeniable. The road, once bathed in a warm glow, is now shrouded in shadows. Pedestrians, already vulnerable by nature, must navigate this unlit stretch with heightened caution.
Motorists, too, face increased risks. Poor visibility on a road is a recipe for accidents, and the lack of streetlights amplifies this danger. For those unfamiliar with the route, the ordeal is even more daunting.
Effurun and Darkness Dilemma
The absence of streetlights is not limited to Airport road alone. Even Effurun and Udu, located in Uvwie and Udu Local Government Areas of the state, suffer from the same issue: no functional streetlights.
Security Concerns Multiply
Beyond the immediate safety concerns, the absence of streetlights on Airport road amplifies the city’s security issues. Darkness is the ally of criminal activities, providing cover for illicit acts. Muggings, assaults, and even more sinister crimes become easier to execute in this cloak of obscurity.
Residents and road users report growing apprehension, particularly during the night. Fearful whispers of potential dangers echo through the community, creating an atmosphere of insecurity. The Airport road, once a lifeline for the city’s activities, now bears the burden of residents’ concerns.
The impact of the unlit Airport Road goes beyond safety concerns; it affects the city’s economy as well. Many businesses now close as early as 6-7:00 PM, fearing the ominous darkness that engulfs the area. This premature closure not only disrupts commerce but also limits residents’ access to essential services and entertainment.
Call for action
GbaramatuVoice strongly urges Governor Chief Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State to promptly address the pressing issue of street lighting in Warri, Effurun, and Udu. We emphasize the critical importance of this matter and highlight that restoring streetlights along the Airport Road is not merely a matter of convenience; it is an urgent necessity for enhancing safety and promoting the well-being of our city.
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