ENUGU — The Sullivan Chime tenure as Governor of Enugu State was a remarkable time in the history of the Coal city especially as it concerns good roads and sanitation; if his legacy were sustained, Enugu state and her environs would by now be a haven.
But this is a far cry from the present condition of her roads and overall sanitation; a state notable for cleanliness is now a sorry sight with dirt and bad roads; traffic jam is now the order of the day wasting precious time resources and the meager resources of civil servants in the state wasted in fixing their cars spoilt due to terrible road.
The resumption of school has added to the travails of commuters as more roads ply these roads at peak hours thereby causing untold hardship for residents.
“We have not had it this bad in recent times; even the usual repairs carried out by the state government seem to collapse in few months.”
“The state of our roads and our dustbin sites are terrible and the rains are not helping matters at all; we are suffering,” a female resident who pleaded anonymity said.
But the Enugu State Government has announced to residents of her intentions to work on the roads as soon as the rains recede.
In a public announcement, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. (Sir) Greg Nnaji informed residents of imminent traffic obstruction ahead of road repairs stating the state government’s intentions to embark on aggressive road repairs/maintenance across the state.
However, this announcement did not assuage the people’s feelings about the state of both critical sectors. The government they said should be proactive, not reactive, especially as regards basic infrastructure.
“A proactive government would not wait till a general relapse before taking action; these roads showed signs of dilapidation for months even before the rains yet nothing constructive was done till now,”
“Now, we make excuses for the rains, this is totally unacceptable. Our leaders must begin to plan and execute basic projects before a collapse; our government must be visionary, not myopic,” an Enugu resident replies to the Government notice of impending repair.
While some see the repair plan as a welcome development, others criticized their excuse for the delay and their intended repair strategy.
Edozie Ideh taunts, “Road repairs or road patching? Enugu ndo (I feel sorry for Enugu State). There is no rain in Rivers, Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom abi?
But the like of Nwakor Chijioke’s made a jest of the plan. He said, “E be like say one of the politician’s cars don enter one of those wells in Enugu road on his way for a crucial meeting.”
No matter the reason behind their plans, one thing is needful; an urgent intervention is to avoid a total collapse of the state.