Residents lament state of Onitsha-Enugu road
One of the residents, the Very Rev. Fr. Nwokedi Nzumezu, the Rector of Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the re-construction of the road, which started four years ago. Speaking at road safety talk organised at the church on Sunday by the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nzumezu said, “Today, the Onitsha position of the road is not only a death trap but also one that causes headache whenever you ply on it due to multiple ditches especially from the former toll gate to Borromeo roundabout portion.”
He said apart from the economic gains of completing the project, motorists that ply the road would be saved from the unnecessary repair of their veicles each time they used the road. “Doing this would help everybody; and it would also reduce FRSC’s workload as well as resources spent on vehicle repairs,’’ Nzumezu said.
He appealed to governments at all levels to collaborate to see that avoidable road crashes emanating from bad roads were a thing of past in the country. The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr. Hyginus Omeje, urged passengers to report reckless driving. He said drivers should always fasten their seatbelts and not strap them on only when they see an FRSC official because “it is the surest safety precaution” to be taken when one approached any vehicle.
Omeje said, “Whenever you see your driver speeding above 100 kilometres per hour, it is left for you to caution him; while monitoring whether he is doing the right thing in order to detect when he is feeling dizzy or has lost focus on the road.”
From: The Punch