Some Imo roads are in horrible conditions, and you cannot but sympathize with car owners and drivers in Owerri. It's a hell of a life for you and your car. This is not the best of times to own or drive a car here. I do not think my car has taken half the knocks it took in the last few hours in Owerri, in the last two years in Abuja.
Yes, the governor, Hope Uzodimma has done a lot of good jobs in trying to salvage some roads across Owerri and other parts of Imo. The ongoing road maintenance jobs across Owerri and beyond are nothing short of audacious. But, it is obvious that a lot more needs to be done, and faster, too.
This Morning, BBC Igbo monitored some affected areas and observed that properties, vehicles, as well as buildings, had been submerged by the rains.The areas included, Uratta Toronto junction and World bank.
World Bank Road, Owerri
However, there is a lot that needs to be done, and I don't know where the funds to execute such level of work will come from, especially, as it seems very obvious that the governor is keen on delivering a standard job that will last the test of time.
It is disturbing too, that some roads that were manageable before now have almost been rendered impassable and made death traps to motorists as a result of construction or reconstruction work that is going on. I expected the contractors handling these jobs to have been wiser.
There is no justification scraping off old and manageable layers of a road, at the onset of rainy season, when you are not very sure of filling it up immediately. I do not know if this is blackmail or wrong judgement on the part of the contractors. Did they put that road in that condition in order to pressurize the governor to release funds to them or they really didn't think about how bad those roads would get if it rains?
I must also commend the governor's prompt explanation and expression of concerns through his CPS over the condition of these roads. It sends a message of responsiveness and compassion. That statement dispels the impression that some of us have (had) of the governor being aloof, pompous and unconcerned— this is why we must not blame him.
I also noticed that some remedial work was done on some very horrible parts of Okigwe- Owerri road, and this has tremendously eased the suffering of motorists who ply that side of Imo road. It would be good if such is replicated across Owerri city internal road networks.
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