THE two main federal roads in Ebonyi State are in good motorable situation, due to the State Governor, David Umahi.
At inception of his administration, the center part of the Abakaliki-Afikpo freeway was in a deplorable situation.
This was as a result of contract for its building was by no means awarded by the Jonathan administration. As a consequence, travellers suffered untold hardship on that highway. A journey of 45 minutes typically took greater than 5 hours.
But The Nation learnt that Governor Umahi deployed the state sources to hold out a complete reconstruction of the highway.
In addition, the 2 different sections of the highway from Abakaliki to Onueke and from Abomege to Afikpo have been continuously maintained by the state authorities.
This has prevented the highway from failing because the governor has continuously alleged that the contractors of those two sections did shoddy jobs.
Also, the Enugu -Abakaliki highway remains to be in high situation. It was re-constructed by the Jonathan administration.
However, Ebonyi State Government beneath Mr. Umahi, has accomplished the dualisation from Spera-in-deo junction to EBSU everlasting web site gate.
The governor has additionally commenced the dualisation of the 2 roads with about 5 flyovers on them.
Already, the Author Eze flyover at Abaomege intersection of the Abakaliki-Afikpo highway is about 90 p.c accomplished.
Work have already commenced on one other flyover at Ezzamgbo junction of the Enugu-Abakaliki freeway.
Three flyovers have already been accomplished on the highway. They embrace the Akanu Ibiam flyover, the Offiah Nwali fyover at Presco junction and the Margaret Umahi worldwide market flyover.
Also the Ebonyi part of the Nkalagu to Enugu highway, one other federal highway has been accomplished by the state authorities on concrete stone base with many bridges.
Our investigation means that Ebonyi State has arguably the very best highway community within the nation right this moment, due to Governor David Umahi who on assumption of workplace declared “I will not allow the people to suffer because some roads are federal roads. We will work on every road because it is Ebonyi people that will use the road,” he stated.
Federal roads in Abia are demise traps, residents cry out
INVESTIGATION carried out by The Nation exhibits that the financial system of Abia State over time has taken a nosedive. This, respondents stated, is especially due to the deplorable circumstances of federal roads connecting Abia State with different neighbouring states of Southeast and South-south.
While checks reveal that work is ongoing on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, drivers and commuters utilizing these roads specific fear over the way and gradual tempo at which the contractors dealing with the highway initiatives are executing the highway contracts.
The horrible nature of the federal roads linking commuters into Umuahia, the Abia State capital, from Ikot Ekpene, is finest described as a demise lure.
The expertise of each industrial and personal drivers on Ikot Ekpene-Aba Expressway and the Azumini-Aba federal Highways are higher skilled than advised.
The federal roads (Port Harcourt highway, Aba-Owerri highway, and Aba-Ikot Ekpene Expressway) which function each exit and entrance routes out and in of Aba, the industrial hub of Abia State and certainly, the southeast, has bought its share of the unhappy story of highway customers on federal roads within the state.
A journey from Aba to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which initially takes about 30-40minutes, now takes about three to 4 hours, relying on the motive force and the climate situation.
A journey from Aba to Umuahia, the state capital, which initially took between 30-40 minutes, now takes between 1hr to 1hr 30minutes.
A journey from Umuahia to ????, which initially takes two hours, 30minutes, now takes three hours, 30 minutes. From Umuahia to Ikot Ekpene and Aba to Ikot Ekpene, which ought to take about 30 minutes, now takes between two hours and three hours. In reality, the highway is presently inaccessible as drivers now use another route by Obingwa.
From Umuahia and Aba to Owerri, Imo State capital, which was between 30-40minutes, now takes between two hours and three hours.
A motorist, who gave his identify merely as Emmanuel, stated driving from Aba to Uyo is hellish. According to him, the amount of cash that drivers spend repairing their vehicles can get them one other automobile if the roads have been in good situation.
Some different industrial drivers who spoke with our correspondent in Abia State stated they’re planning to surrender driving to search for different companies as their present occupation can not maintain meals on the tables of his households.
A commuter, Effiong Simon, stated “I’m from Akwa Ibom, however I stay in Calabar. From Opobo junction to Ikot Ekpene with a motorcycle is now N1000 for one particular person. Using a motorcycle to Ikot Ekpene is even dangerous. People are both robbed of their valuables or kidnapped as among the motorbike operators are brokers of kidnappers.
“From Opobo junction to Azumini is not safe as well. The day I tried coming through Azumini to Aba in my car, it was a day that I will not easily forget. A driver was robbed by hoodlums who camped on a bad portion of the road. I was lucky to have escaped being robbed.”
While the value of transport fare from Aba to Port Harcourt is comparatively low cost, drivers say in contrast to up to now once they can go for 2 or three journeys in a day, it takes the grace of God to efficiently full a visit with the situation of the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Some respondents who spoke to our reporter in varied markets lamented a pointy drop in gross sales as most of their clients at the moment are avoiding coming to the market due to the horrible highway community connecting guests to the industrial metropolis.
They are begging on the federal authorities to induce the contractors dealing with Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway to expedite motion on the highway mission.
According to among the merchants, together with Mrs. Ifeoma Ogbu, the very best present that the Buhari-led APC authorities would bequeath to Abians is fixing federal authorities roads in Abia State.
“Let President Buhari try and fix federal roads in Aba and Abia State. That is all that we are asking him to do for us. We only need roads and good ones for that matter. If the roads are fixed, we can fend for ourselves. We will be grateful to him and will engrave his name in our hearts as the president who came to our rescue. Others failed us, President Buhari should not fail us,” Mrs. Ogbu pleaded.
Abia State by its geographical place is bordered by the opposite 4 states within the southeast (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi) and three states within the South-south states (Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers State).
Also, the presence of well-known Ariaria, Cemetery and different markets in Aba specifically, accounts for the excessive vehicular inflow on Abia roads.
Also most containers of imported items leaving varied ports throughout the nation head to Abia as most importers and exporters of varied commodities in and out of doors the nation stay in Aba.
This places Abia as a serious contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). So, whereas commending President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities over among the initiatives it has to date located in Aba, particularly the Ariaria International Market Rural Electrification Project and different helps that the SME sector has loved, respondents stated there’s a lot that’s wanted to be achieved because it considerations roads as a way to faucet into the wealthy potentials of the state.