There was wild jubilation in major cities across the South-East geopolitical zone as the deplorable condition of federal roads received attention from the Senate.
The recent intervention by the federal government was as a result of a motion moved on the floor of the Senate by Senator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, where she decried the bad condition of federal roads in the zone, especially the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway.
Ekwunife, who led the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Works, responded quickly to the plight of the people of Anambra and other South-East states that are on the national emergency list of states with high priority threats of ecological menace.
A press statement signed by her Special Assistant on Media, Emma Ozor, stated that “This development was a follow up of the motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife on the floor of the Senate on the urgent need to rehabilitate the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway which is in a deplorable condition and the numerous erosion sites threatening economic activities in the state.
“Through the resilience and hard work of Senator Ekwunife, who is also a member of the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Works, the Senate mandated the committee led by Senator Barnabas Gemade to visit the affected states in the South-East and South-South zones.”
However, it was gathered that the states visited included, Anambra, Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Edo and the mandate of the committee was to visit communities with prevalent gully erosions, landslides and washouts and collate extremely dilapidated federal roads for the attention of the government.
Ekwunife frowned at the level and magnitude of the devastation which she termed as frightening, adding that “the approach is no longer an envelope system of budgeting that cannot take care of the huge devastation we have witnessed today as it will get to a stage where the federal government will not only provide palliative measures, but employ holistic approach to arrest the erosion menace in Anambra State.’’
The legislator, who noted that the dilapidated Enugu-Onitsha expressway which is also collapsing as a result of a devastating erosion threatening to cut off the road, said it is a major thoroughfare that links the South-East to the South-South, South-West and North-Central zones, and if nothing is done immediately, it could bring economic activities in Anambra and the entire South-East zone to a halt.

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