To say that motorists and commuters in Anambra State are suffering on many of the roads in the state at this point is to make an understatement. Many roads in the state have now been rendered impassable by the rains, forcing many road users to seek alternate routes. But in seeking those routes, the roads there are being forced to carry beyond their capacity, especially as articulated or heavy duty vehicles have taken to those routes. The ones that readily come to mind are sections of the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway from the Umunya axis, and the Amawbia Bypass. This is the second time we will be focusing on this issue and that is an indication of the seriousness we attach to it.
We all know that federal roads require the permission of the federal government before any state government can tackle those roads. But it appears that sometimes, some state governments use this as a convenient excuse to allow major federal roads in their states to deteriorate. While not accusing the Anambra State government of doing this, especially given that she has enough state roads to tackle, we urge the Willie Obiano-led government to, as a matter of urgent importance, carry out remedial work on the Umunya axis of the Enugu/Osha Expressway.
The poor condition of this road has forced many to divert to other roads, thus overstressing such roads. Already, the Amawbia Bypass has collapsed and to use that way has become nightmarish to commuters and motorists.
It is feared that given the amount of traffic on the Old Enugu/Osha Road, that road may soon go the way of Amawbia Bypass. And when that happens, the state will suffer a major crisis as it is now the major access to and from the commercial centre of Onitsha. What will cost less to do if done now, will cost much more to reconstruct if allowed to further deteriorate.
This is why we are once more, calling on both the federal Govt and the state government particularly, to hasten and do the needful on the said roads. This is particularly important as the said federal road is used by mostly Anambra people, those resident here, those doing business here, or those just passing through. Therefore leaving it unattended to will, only yield negative results to the state, her people and her friends.
We are therefore earnestly appealing to the Anambra State Government to go the extra mile and either do palliative work on the roads or quickly get the nod of the federal government to work on them. The citizens and others deserve better.