By Ikeugonna Eleke
Days after Fides Newspaper beamed its spotlight on the condition of the Amansea portion of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, the Anambra State Government has commenced work on the road.
A Fides reporter who visited the portion along the expressway reports that work has commenced on the road, with one lane of the express already being salvaged with stones poured into the mud and various construction equipment being used to ensure a smooth drive.
It was gathered that the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, had directed the State Ministry of Works to ensure that the portion was immediately worked upon to ease the plight of motorists who use the road to travel to Enugu or come into Anambra State.
Fides had last week reported the plight of road users on the road, with tales of how travellers suffered while using the road. Some of the travellers lamented that a journey to Enugu from Awka, which should take just one hour, now took up to four hours and more, because of delays to pass through the bad spot at Amansea.
Our reporter gathered from an interview granted by the Permanent Secretary, Anambra State Ministry of Works, Mr Emeka Ohuoha, that Governor Obiano, during an Executive Council meeting, ordered that work on the road be commenced immediately after learning of the plight of road users on the portion.
Ohuoha also dispelled rumours that a private individual wanted to commence work on the road but was stopped by the government. He said it was untrue, stating that the stones brought were from government.
A driver with Eastern Mass Transit, Mr Francis Anaga, who commented on the construction, thanked the governor for coming to the aid of the people, even though the road was a federal road.
‘It shows that the governor is a listening governor. Just last week, we were crying about our plight on this road, and now the governor is on it. We thank him. It shows that he is a leader who listens to his people,’ Anaga said.