For sometime now I have watched a tiny bad spot along Aba-Owerri road Aba, just in front of Royal Supermarket (opp Luxury City hotel) turn from a little ‘pot-hole’ to a traffic causing major bad spot on that road.
|Sir. Udo Ahaiwe|
Cars coming into Aba either from Port Harcourt axis of the express way or the Enugu – Umuahia axis now use Aba-Owerri road including commuter buses plying Tonimas to Ngwa road. So the traffic always build up from morning until sometimes late in the evening.
This bad spot started just as a little pot-hole that could have been easily fixed. But it was left unattended to and has now become a major traffic causing spot just the same way the bad spot at Brass junction started and has now become very bad. Why do we always wait until something becomes a big problem before we act?
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The State government has spent a lot on road rehabilitation but the Ministry of Works doesn’t seem to be helping the efforts of the State government. The Ministry of Works can easily handle these bad spot that are opening here and there on our roads by periodically fixing them through but we don’t see them doing any such thing. I do not think that everything must be left for the Governor to award contract on.
The cost of fixing Aba-Owerri road bad spot cannot be compared with the cost of man hour and fuel we waste on that traffic daily.
What we call problems are simply yesterday’s work left undone by us. Problems left unsolved breed more problems just the same way a wound left untreated fester. The solution to these things are not farfetched – fix the bad spots periodically before they worsen while you wait for a favorable time to build the entire road.
Federal road or not we are the ones using these roads and it is our responsibility to be responsible.
Sir Udo Ahaiwe. A Lecturer at MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, UMUDIKE.