By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—MOTORISTS and commuters plying Enugu-Okigwe-Umuahia-Aba-Port Harcourt road have appealed to the Federal Government to complete the rehabilitation work on the road began shortly before the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The Federal Government deployed Julius Berger to repair the badly deteriorated Okigwe-Umuahia portion of the road.
Though final work has not been done on the road, the company made it motorable to the happiness of motorists and commuters.
Motorists and commuters who spoke to Vanguard, commended the Federal Government for working on the road but urged that the road be repaired permanently as result of its importance to the economic growth of the South East, South South and entire nation.
“We are happy that the road, especially the Enugu-Okigwe area has been repaired. The Okigwe-Umuahia area is also manageable.
“We are happy that it is Berger that is doing this area because it was the worst area. We pray that Berger will continue the work and complete it.
“Our vehicles suffered so much last year on this road. We hope that they will not abandon it again.
“We appeal to the President to ensure that the road is completed, because there are so areas that are still very bad on the Okigwe-Umuahia axis.
“So we hope that they will be completed and the other area asphalted by Berger,” a driver who simply gave his name as Emeka said.
For an Abuja returnee, Egbu Onuoha, who came home to celebrate the Christmas and New Year with his people in Umuahia, it was thing of joy to see the road rehabilitated even though it is not yet completed.
He said: “Through out last year, I did not come home with my vehicles because the road was terrible. But when I learnt that work has begun on the road I decided to try and return with my car. It is not too bad now.
“The road is manageable. I commend the government for this and urged them to ensure that the entrie stretch is done and properly done to save our people from the trauma they pass through on this road the previous years.”