Cab drivers, passengers hurt selves over bad roads

The Bakweri Town stretch of road in Great Soppo, Buea, which has gained notoriety over the past two years for its disgraceful and dilapidating nature, is fast becoming a point of conflict between cab driver and their passengers.
While some opportunist cab drivers have taken the opportunity to tax passengers who pave the road very high, other considerate taxi drivers have a tug of war, with other passengers who get furious when the driver takes the direction of this very poor stretch of road.
What caught the attention of the public some days back was a conflict between a taxi driver and a nagging woman, who missed a deadly blow, from the furious cab driver, after the woman considered the cab driver’s charge of FCFA 200 from Check Point, Molyko to Bakweri Town as abominable. Thanks to the bad nature of the road, even the cab driver was barely steadying himself as he made to hit the quarrelsome passenger.
Just as the road has rendered even the popular “emergency engineers” helpless, as it has gone beyond man power, many taxi drivers are also promising to abandon the road completely. One them, popularly known by drivers as “mayor Sammy” said “it has become risky using the road, especially now during the rainy season, which the gullies are fast axing all of the road.’’
While many passengers frown at the long traffic experienced on the road, inhabitants around the pot-holed road neighborhood are frowning both at the council and the taxi drivers. While a lady selling fruits hard by thinks it is normal for the council to abandon a busy road like that one, Makole Charles and inhabitant of Bakweri Town rather blames the drivers outright. He says, “taxi drivers have a union and they ought to come out in their numbers, especially on ‘Keep Buea Clean’ days and try to repair the road to their best, while waiting on the council.”
“Sometimes when I think of the Campaign Street road which was only repaired because of the coming of the president, I fear the Bakweri Town road will continue to be scraped off and abandoned for many more years.”
The accelerating decline in the usability of the road is a call for concern. It is not only replete with deep and extensive potholes, but the current situation is aggravated by threats of its degeneration into a gorge. The heavy downpours have not helped matters as accompanying erosions have left gullies running in the middle of the road while most amateur drivers end up in the gutters even in the day time.
By Atembeh Ngewung Lordfred (Student Journalist)

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