Good roads are used for transportation of goods and humans from one point to another. To ascertain the level of development in any rural or urban settlement today, the condition of the roads and the network system is considered primary. The indigenes of Abia state at large especially those inhabiting in the urban city of Aba have been lamenting about the deplorable state of the roads and government negligence for several decades.
It’s usually a pathetic sight to visit Aba during the rains. Businesses usually drop drastically and even the prices of certain goods systematically increase. This season records the highest number of deaths from Malaria due to stagnation of floods in the entire city which turns out to breed mosquitoes.
Several roads in Aba have shut down completely. Residents of those areas suffer serious means of movement of their goods and even themselves. They usually resort to swimming through the flood while going out. So many lives have been lost from this government negligence.
The Agricultural sector is not left out. Floods from these roads flows into farms, destroying the crops in farm lands and causing undue hardship on the people. An example is villages in Ikwuano Umuahia where crops and other farm produce are always completely destroyed and rendered useless. These are farmers whose livelihood depends solely on the harvest from such destroyed farms.
When the present Abia State government under the Leadership of Okezie Ikpeazu took over power from the previous government, he lifted hopes of the people when he kicked off dismantling of illegal structures by the roadsides in the spirit that they were going to expand and build the roads. Several houses were pulled down with great promises made to the owners of the properties; but unfortunately, what the people got was not what they bargained for. In very few of those roads, government engaged some local amateur road construction firms who came and caused more damage to the already bad situation. Most of such roads did not last for a year before they finally shutdown completely.
Today, it is obvious that the only way out of this condition is a BIAFRA State.
Come Quickly Oh BIAFRA
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media