Urchins On Abia Roads

By Nwokoma Izuchukwu on 01/07/2017

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The saying that  travelling is part of experience is not a fluke. During my  academic sojourn which started many years ago in the then Imo State before the  creation of Abia State in 1991, I had embarked on many interstate travels.
 
In the course of my academic sojourn, I have equally toured States in the Southeast, partly South-South , where some other engagements outside academic circle had taken me to Western and Northern States. 
 
After compiling a dossier ensuing from my academic sojourn, I have come to the conclusion that southeast zone is the most affected in terms of good road network and other infrastructure.
 
Narrowing it down further, it has come to my notice that Abia State seems to be the most affected among the other Southeast States while it could be said that the most affected roads are the ones linking Abia to other States, example Ikwuano express road, Portharcourt Road, Akirika Ndoki in Ukwa East linking Abia to Akwa Ibom, Etiti Ohanze along Ekot Ekpene road ,what about  roads linking Abia to Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi? You can supply the answer.
 
One thing that I always focus on when plying these roads, is the anger, frustration, insults, disappointments on the part of passengers and drivers. Why the insults or who is it targeted at someone will ask? It is targeted at our leaders, for not doing enough in terms of road construction, for not doing enough to alleviate the sufferings of the people whom they promised to better their lots if elected. 
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Again, the saying that "ala adighi mma bu uru ndi nze" is made manifest when plying these roads, the youth especially along Ikwuano axis, Akirika Ndoki axis have worsened the deplorable State of the roads through their activities which has gone out of hand. 
 
Some of them dig holes on these roads in the name of road maintenance, some cross the road with ropes for motorists to pay #100 before they could be granted passage while another group block the road with wooden or metallic objects just to add to the agony of these motorists who contend with the deplorable state of the road. 
 
There is also another set of people who could be described as good Samaritans, these set allow motorists or Okada riders to use their backyards for passage and in return they pay #100 or #50, indeed terrible things happen on our roads.
 
That brings me to another issue, those agitating and calling for succession, should ponder over the issues raised above especially the poor State of roads and lack of infrastructural development in the Southeast geo-political zone. I wish to ask, is it not these same leaders/representatives, who embezzle constituency fund meant for constituency projects,  will be at the helm of affairs when their demand for self government is granted? 
 
#A word is enough for the wise!

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on July, 1 2017

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