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Traders, residents protest Imo’s bad road, seek government intervention

by OkeomaNews

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

Traders at Umuonyeali wood market located at Mbaitoli Local Government Area and residents of Umuonyeali – Akwakuma Road in the Mbaitoli/ Owerri North LGAs of Imo State have decried the deteriorated state of the Road.

Our correspondent recalls that the road leads to the second biggest building materials market in the whole of the state and had been left to be causing economic sabotages by the current government and successive administrations in the state.

Many spots on the road had caved in while traders, residents and customers had for several years being plying other village ring roads which are now almost impassable.

The Akwakuma axis of the Road is the worst hit as erosion had chopped off the road, putting the big residential and commercial houses in the area in states of imminent dangers and collapse.

While doing remedial works at different spots on the roads which are now death traps on Monday, the residents and traders protested that the horrible state of the road called for government’s urgent attention.

They wondered why successive administrations and the current government in the state had looked the other way while the road had badly spoilt even when the Umuonyeali Wood and building materials market and the Akwakuma markets generate a lot of revenue for the state government.

They called for government’s urgent attention before houses start carving in, causing deaths and further brewing economic sabotages to the traders and the state government.

One of the residents, Uchechukwu Opara said that the bad state of the road had caused untold hardship to the residents and the traders alike in the area.

Opara called on the state government to urgently fix the road before calamity befalls the area.

Another resident simply identified as Daniel called on the state government to immediately declare a state of emergency on the road.

He said that it is now hazardous for people to live or do businesses in the area, saying that the menace of erosions in the area had put houses and shops in the area in states of imminent collapses.

The distraught resident said ” the government should please declare a state of emergency on this road. This Raod is very strategic to the economic life wire of the state but it is baffling that government had looked the other way while residents and traders suffer.

“Houses and shops here are in states of imminent collapses. Erosion had done unimaginable damages here. The roads are now clearly impassable and erosion had eaten deep into the roads and houses may begin to carve in if nothing urgently is done to remedy the situation by the government.”

Several traders at Umuonyeali wood and building materials market who spoke decried the deteriorated state of the road.

They said that while many customers had stop coming to the market to patronise them because of the bad state of the roads, traders who are not meeting up had closed shops.

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