Sunday, 15 November 2015

ENUGU LEGISLATURE DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY ON SOUTH EASTERN ROADS

Hon. Chief Edward Ubochi, Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly
Tectono Business Review gathered that the Enugu State House of Assembly has declared a State of Emergency on all the federal roads in the Southeast part of the country, as a result of a motion in the house which directed the attention of the legislators to the terrible state of all federal roads in the zone.

A member representing Nsukka East constituency, Hon. Chinedu Nwamba, of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the said motion sponsored by him, called on the Federal Government to urgently rehabilitate the roads, adding that residents in Enugu State and its environs, for over a decade, were faced with innumerable problems owing to the terrible state of federal roads.

He continued: “It seems the state is forgotten in the areas of construction of new roads, rehabilitation and maintenance of federal roads. Incidentally, this ugly trend has persisted despite promises made by the successive federal government regimes on the said roads. Among the roads in question are the Port-Harcourt-Enugu and Onitsha-Enugu highways. The Enugu to Onitsha road, which usually takes about 40 minutes in a journey when the road was in good condition now takes three hours.

“The road is so bad that almost every vehicle that plies it usually breaks down before completing a full journey. On the Enugu-Port-Harcourt highway the story is the same as the journey, which normally lasts for two hours is now five hours.”

Hon. Nwamba stated that the bad condition of the roads was unsafe for Enugu inhabitants, adding that it hampered economic, political and socio-cultural activities of the people, as countless accidents had been recorded on the roads.

He added: “There appears to be porous security on those roads since criminals use the opportunity of slow movement of vehicles to dispossess people of their valuables.”