THE poor situation of federal roads in Anambra State is giving the residents sleepless nights within the state.
Though works have began on a few of them, just like the Onitsha -Awka expressway, the street, amongst others, continues to be a dying entice to motorists.
Those who ply the expressway, the Oba -Nnewi -Okigwe street, Anam -Kogi street have continued to lament, saying the federal government doesn’t have the curiosity of the state at coronary heart.
While a few of them are of the opinion that the federal authorities has saved deaf ears over the plight of the residents, some others have given kudos to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for remembering the individuals.
One of the chieftains of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and State Coordinator, Transform Nigeria Movement (TNM), Comrade Obi Ochije, instructed The Nation that the President has remembered Igbo in his administration.
Some of the motorists who spoke with The Nation, say they’re going by laborious instances within the state due to the situation of the roads.
As a outcome, costs of transportation have been jerked up within the state because it now takes an hour to ply from Onitsha to Awka as an alternative of the standard 30 minutes.
A journey from Onitsha to Enugu now takes about three hours as an alternative of the traditional one hour.
The Project Supervisor, in control of expressway of Awka, Engr. Chidi Ezeala, instructed The Nation that he had launched into inspection of the challenge.
However, he stated the Federal Ministry of Works just isn’t relenting in ensuring that the roads are mounted accordingly.
He additionally stated work has not stopped on any of the roads talked about, noting that the one obstacle that slowed down progress of labor is the rain
Ezeala maintained that work is more likely to start on the opposite lane of the expressway after the rains, whereas the primary lane would equally be ongoing.
Mr. Chimaobi Osita, a driver with Sunny Star Transport Company in Awka, instructed The Nation that the scenario has turn out to be insufferable to them.
He stated that accidents occur alongside the Onitsha, Awka expressway nearly on each day foundation because of the dilapidated nature of the street.
Osita, lamented that the Umunya -Awkuzu axis of the street that had been mounted by the federal government was blocked, including that they’re now pressured to undergo Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area daily.
He nonetheless, appealed to the federal authorities to, as matter of urgency, look into the plight of computer systems and residents within the state by hastening up work on the route.
The Onitsha -Awka expressway just isn’t the one federal street within the state that isn’t mounted. Others are Oba -Nnewi -Okigwe street which had been mounted midway, amongst others.
Comrade Ochije, who’s the Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Community Development, believed that the Buhari administration is doing its finest in assuaging the sufferings of the plenty on the roads.
He heaped the issue being confronted, on the gradual tempo of the contracting agency dealing with the federal tasks within the state. According to him, one other factor slowing down progress of labor on these roads was lack of dedication on the individuals charged with supervision of the roads.
Also, a human rights activist, Comrade Osita Obi, instructed The Nation that he believes in Buhari’s fashion of governance, including that the individuals ought to train persistence a bit of bit.
According to him, “I know those roads will soon be fixed, the only thing I think that has slowed down progress of work on those roads is the rain.”
“I believe so much on this present administration led by Buhari no matter how others see it. One side of the road had been fixed while work is ongoing in so many other places. My brother, this is what the past administrations could not do in many years,” he stated.
“I don’t like the way our people behave at times; we are always quick in judging people. We should be happy that a Daniel has come to judgement; after the rains, work will start again and that is my belief, so, there is no cause for alarm,” Obi stated.
Those who’re in pains and agony over unhealthy situation of federal roads in Anambra State nonetheless embody the lawmaker, representing Anambra West Constituency, Patrick Udoba.
Not solely that he’s a lawmaker, he’s additionally the Chairman, House Committee on Transportation in Anambra State House of Assembly.
Speaking with The Nation in Awka, Udoba lamented the deplorable situations of most federal roads within the state.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Ministry of Works and different involved companies to expedite motion in rehabilitation and completion of the deplorable roads.
He stated their fast intervention would assist to avoid wasting lives and the untold hardship the nice individuals of the state and neighbouring states have been passing by.
Udoba famous that the majority federal roads within the state have been in deplorable state as accidents declare the lives of the citizenry in giant proportion nearly on each day foundation.
He listed such roads as, Enugu – Awka – Onitsha Expressway, particularly at Awkwuzu- Odumodu axis, Onitsha- Owerri Road, Onitsha – Ayamelum, Umueze- Anam -Nzam -Kogi -Abuja street.
He stated all these roads had turn out to be dying traps to motorists and residents, urging Mr. President to come back to their support with out additional delay.
He defined that commuters touring by Anambra West roads may get to Abuja inside two hours, noting that Igala and Kogi talking areas are their neighbouring communities therefore, the necessity for pressing intervention within the stated roads.
The lawmaker famous that Anambra West was the meals basket of the state, stressing the significance of getting federal price range on a yearly foundation on the stated street for its completion.
Udoba stated the Assembly members had moved a number of motions to that impact, whereas interesting to the President to offer them listening ears and rehabilitate the roads to ease the untold hardships commuters in Anambra State are going by.