By FRANCIS IGATA
ENUGU — The rehabilitation of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway which the Federal Government commenced its rehabilitation few week to the general elections has been abandoned. Rehabilitation work had commenced at the Enugu end prompting the closure of the dual carriage road to a single lane causing untold hardship to motorists in Enugu metropolis. At the Penox to Abakpa Junction axis, motorists meandered through the single lane even as traffic gridlock caused snarls of vehicle lines along the ever busy road.
Condition of the road
Dotted with yawning craters, the road shoulders have completely washed off, causing motorists to vie into the bush when overtaking.
Move by Federal Government to curry votes
A cross section of Enugu residents believe that the rehabilitation work which started few week to the general elections and abandoned soon after was aimed at deceiving the Igbo by the out-going Jonathan administration. Mr. Ike Odoh,a motorist said, “I know the rehabilitation will be jettisoned as soon as the elections were over. They brought the heavy construction equipment to the metropolis where people would see them to sway them that government was working in order to vote for continuity.”
Mrs.Ebere Chukwu regretted the man hours being spent as a result of traffic gridlock on the now one lane road, calling on the contractors to open the other side of the road to ensure free flow of traffic. “Just look at what happened. All the earth moving machines have vanished. The massive presence of construction workers have also vanished. It is only Igbo that they treat like this in this country, ‘’ she lamented.
The rehabilitation which was embarked upon by the Ministry of Work headed by Mike Onolememen had assured journalist during the commissioning of the Enugu-Abakiliki-Imfun-Okoja trans-Sahara Highway that all rehabilitation work nationwide would be religiously executed by the Federal Government.