Sunday, 1 May 2016

Declare state of emergency on federal roads in South-East, group tells FG

The Campaign for Democracy, CD, a frontline rights group, yesterday called on the fed­eral government to declare a state of emergency on all the federal roads in the South East geo-political zone.

The group also gave the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Ba­batunde Fashola (SAN) seven days to visit all the federal roads in the South East zone to see for himself the deplorable state of the roads, to justify the call for the state of emer­gency.

In a press statement issued to newsmen yesterday and jointly signed by its President, Ifeanyi Odili, executive officer, Abdullahi Jabi and National Publicity Secretary, Dede Uzor Uzor, CD mentioned such roads as Enugu/Awka/Onitsha ex­pressway, Ihiala/Orlu/Umuahia highway, Nnewi/Uga/Akokwa/Idea­to connecting Orlu via Owerri high­way, Nnewi/Amichi/Ekwulumili/Unubi/Uga/Akokwa/Arondizuogu/Umulolo/Okigwe highway, Enugu/Okigwe/Umuahia/Aba/Port Har­court highway, Enugu/Abakaliki/Afikpo highway, among others.
The CD lamented that an average of seven deaths are being recorded within the South East roads per week as a result of road accidents, culminating in the loss of 28 lives every month.

According to the statement, “It is in South East that the worst deplor­able state of roads are found which are as comparable as that of Somalia and South Sudan where the people witnessed over 30-year old war

“The state of emergency is imper­ative in order for the federal govern­ment to take a holistic approach to avert the continued loss of lives and properties in the zone.

“It is also in the South East zone that there is worst erosion menace in the country and it is expected that the federal government would, at the same time address the erosion issue”.

They therefore warned that should the federal government fail to heed to this clarion call, the All Progressives Congress, APC-led fed­eral government should not expect miracles from the electorate during the forthcoming 2017 Anambra state gubernatorial election that will usher in another governor in the state in 2018.