ByÂ Eric Ugbor
Abaâ€”RESIDENTS of Aba, the commercialÂ city of Abia State and its environs have lamented the deplorable state of roads within Abia South senatorial zone and appealed to the state government to come to their aid before the rainy season sets in.
Aba, the mostÂ industrious and populated city in Abia has the worst road network in the entire South East and life is made very difficult for itâ€™s inhabitants, especially during the rainy reason.
After the first rain of the year last week, most roads became impassable, especially Ngwa Road, Obohia, Faulks, among others.
Last year, the governmentÂ took over the reconstruction of two federal roads, the Port Harcourt and Aba- Owerri federal roads in an effort to alleviate the plight of motorists, who have suffered severely on these roads.
Although, the two roads are yet to be completed, it provided succor to the residents of the city, but virtually all other roads in the city have become nightmares to the residents and have remained so, despite many unfulfilled promises to repair the roads.
A business man, Chief Timothy Ogba, expressing disappointment, said â€œanother rainy season is setting in and our own part of Aba will soon be cut-off from the rest of the city due to the rains, which submerges the roads and buildings.
â€œWe donâ€™t know when and where our help will come from because several promises by the state government to permanently address the problem of bad roads in the state had failedâ€ he said.
Another trader at Nkwo Ngwa marketÂ along Obohia Road,Â Mr. Johnson Okoli said â€œ it is a pathetic site when you visitÂ Obohia Road during the rains, all the roads are completely overtaken by rains and the entire road closed. â€
The Aba-Obohia Road,Â which traversesÂ three Local Government Areas of Aba South, Ugwunagba and Ukwa East all in Abia South senatorial zone had been neglected since 1983 and residents of these areas have been cut-off from the city and the other alternative road.
For Mr Emeka Ihedioha of Osisioma Local Government Area, â€œwe in Abia South senatorial zone have not in anyway felt the impact of the present government in the area of road construction and I cannot point to any roadÂ project presently being undertaken by this government.â€