Gridlock eases as work progresses on Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The ongoing rehabilitation work on Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway has reduced gridlock on the road, especially the Aba section of the highway, thereby bringing respite to motorists and commuters, who have long expected it.

The Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway has been a source of worry to motorists and commuters, prompting repeated appeals by the residents of Aba to the Federal Government to rehabilitate the road and put an end to incessant accidents with attendant loss of lives and property.

The Aro Ngwa-Umekaa stretch of the road, now under reconstruction, became a death trap, with heavy-duty vehicles upturning daily due to its deplorable state.

Some traders told CityFile that the bad state of the road forced some transporters off the route, prompting few that accept to convey goods to Aba to increase their fares to cover their risks; a situation which they said resulted in increase in the prices of goods, especially food items, like tomatoes, water melon, beans and yams from the North.

The Federal Government began rehabilitation work on the road in November 2012 to ease traffic during the yuletide. However, Labaran Maku, minister of information, has revealed that the entire road would be resurfaced, noting that the Federal Government has awarded the contract to that effect.

Maku, while on a recent visit to Aba also revealed that Port Harcourt-Enugu-Makurdi-Maiduguri rail line would be restored before the end of this year to give the people more transport options.

He also revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan is determined to provide stable electricity in the country, before the end of his tenure, noting that 10 new power plants are currently being built across the country, including the Ala Oji power plant in Aba.

He observed that electricity has always been the problem of Aba, noting that once electricity is stabilised, factories in the area, can supply the whole of West Africa and beyond with their products.

“So the president is determined to give you stable power supply, so we are here to inspect the Ala Oji power plant and also the Geometric power plant that is built by an independent company and headed by my former colleague, Barth Nnaji, former minister of power. We have inspected the substation that is supplying Umuahia, and we are also here to inspect the railway project. The president is determined to restore railway from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri,” he affirmed.

He applauded the entrepreneurial ability of the Igbos, noting that about 90 percent of factories in the area are privately owned and called on the youths to desist from acts of kidnapping, noting that the State’s economy will grow by more than 15 percent annually, if acts of criminality are minimised.


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