A Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Jonathan Mgbado Mamah, has urged Enugu State Governor, Peter Mba, to complete the Nsukka – Ibagwa-Aka – Ogrute – Ette – Ogugu Road to ease transportation from Abuja and other parts of the north to the Southeast and South-southern parts of the country.
Mamah made the call following the total collapse of the Benue-9th Mile-Enugu-Onitsha expressway, which was the only major road linking the North East, North West North Central geopolitical zones and their south East and south South neighbours together.
The Ohanaeze chieftain noted that the only road linking the five geopolitical zones together now is the Opi – Nsukka – Ibagwa-Aka – Ogrute – Ette – Ogugu Road, which was abandoned at Ette, the border town between Enugu and Kogi states.
“With the total collapse of the Benue – Enugu- 9th Mile Corner – Onitsha Expressway, the only road which articulated and other smaller vehicles use and can use is the road I am pleading for its repair or completion.’
“The road in question was constructed during the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime. It was when the Federal Government-owned Benue – Enugu – 9th Mile- Onitsha Road collapsed that the road in question became popular.
“Without this road, travelling to Abuja or any part of the Northeast, Central or North West would have been like going to hell. Repairing the road would improve the finances of Enugu State…’’
All the food items, such as yams, tomatoes and Dangote Cement from Obajana that come into the South East and South South are ferried through this narrow road. We hope that Mba, being a listening governor, would listen to our pleas, by repairing the road,” Mamah said.
Meanwhile, Mamah, who is the chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Igbo Eze Local Council of the state, has commended both the governor and the Chairman of the local council, Ejike Itodo, over their efforts to end insecurity in the state.
He commended Itodo for initiating and completing a new secretariat for the local council, saying it had given a face-lift to the council headquarters.