By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU- Residents of New GRA in Trans-Ekulu, Enugu metropolis have pleaded with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to come to their rescue by fixing some roads within the new residential area.
The New GRA is situated along the new road from Trans-Ekulu through Abor to 9th Mile Corner, Ngwo, which the state administration marked for development as a way of decongesting the metropolis and creating a bye pass to Nsukka road from 9th Mile Corner.
Some of the residents who spoke with South East Voice said that the governor had promised to construct a stretch of the road in the layout, adding that with the rains, the thoroughfare was becoming increasingly impossible in the area.
Chief Afam Ogbueli who said he had lived in the area for over 12 years explained that the increased population had led to enormous pressure on the roads.
Ogbueli said the new GRA layout was meant to fill the vacuum created by the saturation of the old GRA in the coal city, as against what it was designated to achieve during the colonial days.
“Unfortunately, the administration that created the New GRA long ago left the area without necessary infrastructure such as water and roads. So, now that people are coming in droves to build both commercial and residential buildings here, the roads are getting worse because they were not well constructed ab-initio,” Ogbueli said.
Another resident, Mr. Emeka Udeh commended Governor Ugwuanyi for embarking on numerous road projects in the state, noting that, he was hopeful that he would remember the area, particularly Chike Avenue and the Chris Igwe road in the new GRA, which he said saw more traffic.
Udeh further said that there was need for attention since investments being made in the area would generate employment and resolve some social problems in the state. Among some of the establishments in the area include a Catholic Seminary owned by a popular Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Edeh, hotels and palatial residences.