Lawmaker laments poor state of Enugu-Onitsha highway

Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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Abandoned Enugu-Onitsha expressway

A lawmaker has lamented the poor state of the Awkuzu-Umunya-Nteje section of the Enugu-Onitsha Federal highway and called for its urgent rep.

Honourable Vivian Akpamgbo Okadigbo, representing Oyi State Constituency in the Anambra House of Assembly expressed her feeling in an interview with journalists in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, shortly after the Assembly plenary.

The lawmaker said that if nothing urgent is done to rehabilitate the road before the rainy season sets in, socio-economic activities in the South-east and South-south parts of the country would be seriously affected.

‘Death traps’
She said that the failed section of the road, within Nteje, Umunya, Akwuzu area of the expressway had become death traps for the motorists.

She called for urgent government intervention to save the road users from further agony.
Okadigbo, therefore, called on the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and the Federal Ministry of Works to expedite work on the road before commencement of rainy season in the interest of road users.

“This portion of the road is a time bomb waiting to explode and when that happens, it will be too dangerous.
“This is the only major road that leads southern parts of Nigeria to
the West and northern parts,”
she lamented.

“It is very clear that in no distant time all these heavy vehicles
conveying petroleum products and food stuff in this part will cease to pass through this road.
“The economic and social damage that this road will cause when it finally spoiled will be enormous,”
she said.

Huge debts
While calling for quick intervention work on the road, she also drew the attention of the federal government to huge debts owed the State government for rehabilitation of some federal roads and called for immediate refund.

Sammie Idika