- Urge Anambra State Government to carry out palliative works.
- Keke and shuttle bus drivers groan about payments to touts
Okwudili Nkem & Kelechi Nwangwu
Indigenes of the capital city of Awka have bemoaned the poor condition of roads in Awka asking the state government led by Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo to come to their rescue.
AT gathered this while our correspondents went into the state capital to see for themselves the challenges faced by a number of motorists were while plying such roads.
Roads such as the ifite-Unizik road from First Market junction to Unizik and beyond the university. Other roads include the roads leading to Ukwu Aki , the Okpuno Access road, Aroma junction, Ahocol road and the Kenneth Dike Library road, all within the Awka South Local Government Area which houses the state’s capital are all in deplorable states causing those who use the road much anguish.
Commuters who spoke to our team of correspondents lamented their daily experiences while commuting on these roads describing it as unfair.
For Maxi Udeagharanya , a business man he lamented that with the rains it was a tasking drive everyday from his home to his shops in Eke Awka market where he dealt in electronics. Udeagharanya complained about the damage the roads did to his car as he was now a regular visitor to his mechanics.
For Mrs Chinwe Orajiaka, a teacher and entrepreneur, the deplorable state of the roads had led to increased traffic along her route from her house to her school in Regina Caelli and then to her provision store in Okpuno and back to her house.in Ifite Awka, she had thus become accustomed to leaving very early in order to get to her school on time.
Public transport providers such as drivers of tricycles and shuttle buses are not left out of the complaints galore. A tricylcle driver who conveyed one of our correspondents lamented the damage the roads were doing to their tricycles and urged us use our medium to beg the Soludo administration to begin palliative works on such roads while awaiting the end of the rainy season to begin serious works on such roads. The tricycle driver who goes by the name Tony, also bemoaned the huge amount of money collected from tricycle drivers by touts despite Soludo’s directive that such collection ought to stopped pending the deployment of the revenue framework.
Efforts to reach the.commissioner for works proved futile as calls placed to his phone were not answered.