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Senate asks FG to fix Onitsha-Enugu Expressway

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The deplorable state of federal roads in the South East zone at­tracted the attention of the Senate on Tuesday. The Up­per Chamber asked the Ex­ecutive arm of government to check the situation imme­diately and fix the road.

As a first step, the law­makers asked the Executive to commence the rehabili­tation of the Onitsha-Enu­gu dual carriage way to save commuters from the tragic experiences they go through on the road.

                                                                         Enugu-Onitsha Expressway

The Senate mandated its Committee on Works to visit the zone to ascertain the lev­el of disrepair on the road, with a view to making rec­ommendations on it.
The Upper Chamber’s resolutions were at the in­stance of a motion moved by Senator Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North).
Egwu lamented the di­lapidated state and total collapse of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway which he described as a death trap to motorists.
He said before its de­plorable condition, a jour­ney on the road normally took about one hour from Onitsha in Anambra State to Enugu, but lamented that it now takes over five tortu­ous hours to pass through.
Egwu further said that the bad shape of the road had exposed many travel­lers to avoidable hazards with many falling victims of armed robbery attacks while others have died or lost their property. He noted that the collapse of the road had cut off the South Eastern states from other parts of the coun­try – with serious negative impacts on trade and com­merce.
The lawmaker, who served as governor of Ebonyi State, noted that promises from past administrations to rehabilitate the road have yielded no result. He recalled that efforts made by former President Goodluck Jona­than to fix the road before the 2015 general elections failed as the contractors im­mediately abandoned their sites.
Senator Egwu further said that the collapse of the road has led to a decline in agriculture and economic activities as the movement of farm produce and con­struction materials within and outside the region has been adversely affected.
Egwu declared that the lifespan of the road had ex­pired and that heavy vehicu­lar movement on it, coupled with years of neglect, had ac­celerated its collapse.
According to him, com­muters who resorted to us­ing the old road enjoyed a brief reprieve as the road lat­er collapsed and became in­accessible.
In their contributions to the motion, the Deputy Sen­ate President, Ike Ekwere­madu and Senators from the South East zone appealed to the Federal Government to do a holistic rehabilitation of federal roads in Igboland to save the people from be­ing cut off from the rest of Nigeria.

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