New GRA residents groan under dilapidated roads
Residents of the New Government Reservation Area (GRA), Trans-ekulu, Enugu State, at the weekend appealed to the state government to come to their aid and rehabilitate roads in the area.
They said executing their daily economic, social and other activities have become almost difficult with the increasing rains due to the poor state of the roads. The Guardian, which visited the area at the weekend, discovered that movement into it was no longer easy, especially after the rains, as many now abandon their vehicles and walk their way to their destinations.
Also, some of the investments springing up in the area have not opened for business due to the poor state of the roads, which the immediate past administration promised to repair but could not.
One of the residents, Emeka Ude, said he had on his own rehabilitated some of the streets, especially the one linking Chike Avenue to the rest of the area, stressing however that they had amounted to nothing with the intensity of the rains.
Pointing at some establishments that had been completed in the area but could not take off due to the bad roads, he said they could help reduce unemployment in the state when operational.
“I know about the new hotel, the school, and the beverage company, which has been completed. At that new hotel for instance, they are set to do business and have gone to the point of advertising for jobs; they cannot, however, open under the present circumstance because of the nature of the roads.
“I want to believe that this is something that government should try and help the residents around here. Even if it is for the state of the industries here, so that they could employ our people and help develop our state”, he stated.
Another resident, Mrs. Ngozi Ugwu, said she finds it difficult “conveying her children to school most of the time due to the roads”, stressing that: “I have to park at times several meters away from my house when it rains or not leaving the house under the rain to avoid getting stuck in the mud.”
Meanwhile, the state government said last week that it would award about 26 new contracts for rehabilitation of urban roads in the state, especially in areas where work had not been done before now.
The Commissioner for Information, Godwin Udeughele, who dropped the hint, said the state government was prepared to enhance the status of the city and provide infrastructure to all parts of the state.