By Eric Ugbor
ABA—IMMINENT fear of epidemics has now gripped residents of Aba, the commercial city of Abia State and Umuahia, the state capital, as heaps of refuse have taken over major roads and streets of both towns.
From Umuwaya road to the Presbyterian Church, to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ubakala road close to Umuahia South Local Government secretariat and many other streets and roads within Umuahia, large dumps of refuse are competing with road users.
The situation has been made worse for some days now as the mountains of refuse are being set on fire, thereby causing nuisance and possible health hazard to residents of the areas concerned.
At Aba, the situation is even worse and as usual Portharcourt Road, Ngwa Road, Obohia Road, Ohanku Road, Cemetery Road, Emelogu Road, Omuma, Eziukwu and other major roads and streets of the city are eyesores and very unhealthy to the lives of Aba residents.
Aba residents now grapple with not only deplorable city roads which had caused them untold hardship, but also large refuse dumps had torn the roads apart.
A female resident of Umuahia, Mrs. Chiamaka Okoye, who lives on Umuwaya by Awolowo Road in the state capital, pointed to a dumpsite around the junction which had not been evacuated for almost a month.