With its many serpentine curves and several distinct bends plus the fact it lies about one hundred and fifty metres atop a narrow ledge overlooking a deep ravine, a ride through the three-kilometre Milken Hill road can never seem like anything less than an experience for the intrepid.
Not even at its best condition has it ever been less so, let alone when pothole-strewn and with neither safety side curbs nor streetlights to illuminate this treacherous stretch at night as had been the case before it was reconstructed by the Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration.
But notwithstanding the fright that riding along the Milken Hill road evokes, it still represents a must-see for visitors to the Coal City owing to the scenic view that it offers, besides being in itself a sheer engineering wonder.
Constructed during the colonial period by countless labourers drawn from neighbouring villages, using pick and axe to cut through thick bush and great stones.
Miliken Hill was named after the British engineer credited with its painstaking design, the Milken Hill road was built after the discovery of coal in 1909 to ease commuting between the colonial office in Enugu and the then newly established mines some of which lay in the bowels of the hills.
Milliken hill is in Ngwo a village on the outskirt of Enugu City, Nigeria. 100 meters above sea level, offering a beautiful standpoint for a panoramic view of Enugu metropolis, especially at dawn and dusk.
The road winds through the foot of the hill bounded by a deep gully. Underneath the hills are relics of coalmines and its beautiful tunnels. Beneath the Milken hills is the Iva valley. The hills are good for mountaineering. However, drivers are advised to drive slowly with caution through the meandering roads.
For decades until the construction of the Enugu – Onitsha highway in the early ’80s, the road served as the only access into Enugu from the Niger Bridge and inbound traffic from the northern corridor.
And with the dilapidation of the Enugu- Onitsha expressway today, the Miliken Hill road still serves as the major access to Enugu City.
A natural rollercoaster according to Governor Ugwuanyi, the present governor of Enugu State, the rehabilitated 12-kilometer 9th Mile – Ekochin – Ngwo – Milken Hill – New Market road, no other road affords tourists and motorists the beautiful view of Enugu that this road offers.
Indeed, it is unusual for travellers to experience a ride through Milken Hill and not be struck by its awesome splendour and, of course, not have their hearts in their mouths. It’s not a surprise then this legendary route has over the years spawned many tales that continue to capture the imagination.
Milliken Hill and its environment make you more conscious and aware of nature, of the beauty of earth and draw you closer to both and its creator.
It is one of the most interesting places a visitor in Enugu should go. It boasts of amazing views, both of itself and the city it entertains. Left almost unaffected by the rapid development of the city.
It is a wonder to behold and it accents this city by allowing itself to be used as a beautiful platform from which to see the city. A green road meandering up a hill behind the Coal City Metropolis.
Miliken Hill road is natural endowments and rich heritage that upholds its fame as a key tourist attraction, which need to be preserved and cherished for generations to come. The winding hilly road has over the years kept faith with history.
Though it now has a complete makeover; smooth roads, streetlights and concrete kerbs Miliken hill, will always represent something mysterious that has not been solved.