More than 1,000 persons carrying placards and leaves marched on the stretch of the road singing solidarity songs in the peaceful protest.
Addressing newsmen after the protest, Chief Maurice Igaka, a community leader, regretted that the contractor had abandoned the project and left the road in a deplorable state.
He said the community had welcomed the project which construction was inaugurated in 2011 but the current pace of work had compelled them to stage the protest to draw the attention of the relevant authorities to the project.
“We really acknowledge the good intentions of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan to award the contract for this road to open up our community.
“Sadly, the attitude of the contractor who has since withdrawn from the site negates the good intentions and that is why we are protesting to draw the attention of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“It is regrettable that since 2011, the road is yet to go beyond site clearing and less than one kilometer of the 10-kilometer stretch has been graded,” Igaka said.
He explained that the stage at which the road was abandoned had made it impassable for even motorcycles and compelled the residents to trek the distance to go to the market and other endeavours.
“With the condition of this road, my children do not come home again to bring food to me. They often call to tell me that they cannot visit me because of the road, and I do not expect them to trek this distance.
“Before now when the road was a track road, motorcycles were plying the road but now everywhere is flooded due to the construction and rather than continue the contractor just left the road and we are all suffering.