By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Residents of Owerri Municipality and motorists passing through Douglas Road, the major corridor in the heart of the state capital, have cried out over the poor state of the road.
Vanguard noticed, yesterday, that the stretch between St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Douglas Road/Njemanze Street junction has turned into a death trap.
A man who didn’t want his name mentioned, reasoned that “the administration may have abandoned the road because it is either deemed to be a federal road or as a result of the legal fireworks between the indigenes and government, over the planned removal of Ekeukwu Owerri Market.”
While describing Douglas and Wetheral roads as “the major roads in the municipality,” the citizen, however, pleaded with the Rochas Okorocha administration to effect repairs on the bad areas to ensure easy vehicular movement.
“The chassis and drive shafts of several vehicles have been destroyed in this place. This is particularly so with drivers, who are passing through there for the first time,” the resident said.
For Mr. Cyril Obi, “it is unimaginable that a major corridor in the heart of the city, should be allowed to degenerate to this level.”
While saying that “this has gone to show the hatred Okorocha has for Owerri zone,” Obi also sought to know where “our working governor” is.
Also, Dr. Samuel Okodugha of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, described it as a shame.
“I experienced this road. It was terrible. God will help us. Let’s keep praying for intervention from the state government,” Okodugha said.
Contacted, Chief Obinna Ibole went comical as he described the area as “River St. Paul’s, Douglas Road, Owerri.”