Editorial

The Ekemele-Akabo death spot

With the intensification of the rains, a spot at the Ekemele Akabo on Owerri-Okigwe road has become a nightmare to commuters and motorists, prompting a save-our-soul outcry to the government.

Barely one kilometer away from the main Orie Akabo market by Chab Oil fuel station, there is a big ditch across the road which has obstructed the smooth flow of traffic, and vehicles, including heavy duty trucks and trailers, get stuck there daily.

The resulting traffic jam paralyses economic activities and causes anxiety and pain to road users.

The sordid state of affairs on a major road linking the state with others such as Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi and beyond leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

That a major artery of commerce in Imo State can constitute a cog in the wheel of economic progress of the state shames the monumental efforts being exerted by the government on rescue mission.

As it stands, vehicle drivers who have no patience to wait for the crawling traffic are compelled to approach Owerri through longer routes such as Mbano to Mbaise or via Nkwerre, and Orlu axis.

The diversion further compounds the rigorous transportation system in the nation for road users who are already weighed down by high cost of fuel and vehicle spare parts.

It might be argued that the road is a federal concern, and we are also aware of the fact it is the responsibility of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to fix such problems.

However, where this agency is not responding, the state government can do a lot by fixing the road and arranging for repay.

Much as we commend the efforts of Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s administration in its massive road construction and maintenance, we cannot fail to point out these appalling spots.

An outright and urgent attention to this road is much more desirable, considering its strategic nature and proximity to the State Capital.

We appeal to Owelle to do something urgently to reduce the pains motorists go through everyday to cross the now notorious Ekemele Akabo market on the Owerri-Okigwe Road.

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