By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”ANAMBRA State Government yesterday,Â blamed last weekendâ€™s ghastly auto accident that claimed about 80 lives and other similar crashes, which have resulted to several deaths on the deplorable condition of the federal roads in the South East zone.
The government lamented that none of the federal roads in the zone at the moment could be described as motorable, as at least ten ghastly auto accidents occur in the zone daily, regretting that the contractors awarded contracts for rehabilitation of the highways, especially the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway have worsened the condition of the roads.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who disclosed this while speaking with reporters inÂ Enugu, said no fewer than 15 vehicles were lost in the recent mishap in the state with several survivors lying critically at various hospitals in Anambra and Enugu states, stressing that the accident could have been averted if the road was motorable.
Chukwuma, who said that the scene was better imagined than experienced, noted that it was a painful way to die, stressing that the victims of the ugly development were trapped in the scene as they could neither move forward nor backward as a result of the bad state of the road.
â€œThey were completely trapped and roasted as they could neither move forward nor backward because, the road had become terrible since the rainy season increased and the contractor, who only graded the road, abandoned it. It is a painful way to die. So many families and goods worth millions of naira were consumed.
It is not a good story and that is why the Federal Government should regard the roads in the South East as emergency,Â to save lives and business activitiesâ€, he said.