. . . Advices The Public On Proper Road Maintenance
By Uche Amunike
The Managing Director of Anambra Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) , Engr. Emeka James Okoye, has extolled the Gov. Wille Obiano administration for its commitment and support towards the agency in actualizing the “Operation Zero Potholes” vision for the good of Anambrarians. He assured the good people of Anambra state that the agency will not rest on its oars in maintaining the roads within the state for easy flow of traffic, especially as the yuletide season draws nearer.
In a recent interview with Fides, Engr. Okoye narrated the giant strides already taken by the agency across the 3 senatorial zones in the state. In the South zone, he stated that a lot of work has been done on Azia – Orsumoghu road, Aguluzigbo road, Ekwulobia round about etc. While in the Anambra North senatorial zone, the 33 axis, Upper Iweka – Ochanja road and Limca road have witnessed a lot of road maintenance in recent times. The Anambra Central senatorial zone has also witnessed a lot of road maintenance works on Abba roads, Awka roads and the Amawbia bypass axis. In totality, he attested that over 13,578.81 square metres of roads have been fixed in a month.
He further declared that the agency still has much work undone in the 3 senatorial zones. This, he said, was due to the rainy season which stalled most of their road maintenance projects. He pointed out that they are aware of the level of deterioration on certain strategic roads like Nnobi round about, Ugwu Nwasike road, Kwata by Abattoir axis etc, and promised to get them fixed up before Christmas. He also assured the public that the agency is all out to patch and maintain every other road that needs attention.
The ARMA MD went ahead to laud Gov. Willie Obiano, who he said has ordered for more standardized foreign road maintenance equipments to enable the agency achieve its vision for the good people of Anambra. He revealed that one of the equipments which is called the DuraPatcher, automatically cleans a pothole area, applies tack coat, sprays emulsion/aggregate mix into the pothole with pressure to compact the material and follows with dry aggregate to prevent lifting. With this, the agency is fully activated to deliver on the Zero Pothole vision.
Furthermore, he noted that Gov. Willie Obiano administration has been of immense support to the agency and expressed deep appreciation to the governor.
More still, Engr. Emeka revealed that the agency has been facing some challenges with respect to funding. This he said is due to the fact that the state is being owed large sums of money at the federal level which has slowed down the flow of funds meant for road maintenance in the state. This stands as a constraint to most of the road maintenance projects mapped out by the agency.
Fides also gathered that another big challenge the agency contends with, is improper road usage by some road users. The agency, he said, discovered that some heavy duty vehicles ply the roads constructed for light vehicles, thereby over-burdening the roads which lead to early damages on the roads. He disclosed that the agency is fashioning out ways to forestall this.
In addition, the managing director of ARMA decried the inappropriate public behaviour on and towards our roads. He complained bitterly about the care-free attitude exhibited by the public towards proper road management. The very sickening attitudes of dumping refuse into the drainages or burning of refuse on the tarred roads are unfortunately some of the factors that militate against proper road management, he said. He went ahead to beckon on the public to desist from such acts for the common good.
Finally, he promised to continue to pursue the Zero Pothole Vision with renewed zeal, banking on the unwavering support of our governor, Chief Willie Obiano and the good people of Anambra. He declared his commitment to ensuring a “Pothole Free Anambra”, while advising the general public to desist from any action that will bring damage to the roads.