By Chikezie Ogbonna
Every day, it seems like institutions of government is falling apart and things are not holding together any longer following the relegation of duty by many government agencies and seeming slid into total comatose by the government of the day when it comes to issues of management and governance.
However, in Enugu the cleaning team has been on top of their game in keeping the state clean. Every day , as early as 5:30am, this set of resilient young men and women troop out in their green uniform to keep our major roads in the state metropolis clean, and by the time residence are waking up to commence the duty of the day, they wake up to a clean environment.
Many observers have praised the level of consistency, diligence to duty and discipline exhibited by the state cleaning team. Perhaps, because the team is led by a Catholic Priest.
However, it has been a commendable act of patriotism and integrity by both the management and the workers and other agencies in the state and beyond are encouraged to a cue from them as the nation struggles to get it right in governance.
The rising crazy traffic congestion in Enugu
The traffic congestion in Enugu has become a worrisome development. Every day, especially during rush hour period, there seems to be a crazy traffic jam that has become a frustrating experience for motorists and even pedestrians alike.
From Agbani road to Transekulu and as well Ogui New Layout, it has become a frustrating experience for motorists almost on daily basis as traffic congestion has become the order of the day.
Many observers have attributed it to the increase of population of people in the state which invariably contributes to an increased number of vehicles plying the road in the state.
However, in some quarters, government has been blamed for not creating new roads and not rehabilitating the existing ones which is fast becoming deplorable and as well causing difficulty to drivers. Notwithstanding, men of the Ministry of Transport have always done their best to control the traffic as much as they can.
Nevertheless, one will not neglect the recklessness of drivers and the selfish posture many of the road users posses while on the road. The case of everybody wanting to pass at the same time, thereby disregarding traffic rules is a cankerworm that all hands must be on deck to erase.
What is happening to the repair of major roads in Enugu?
It was In September 2018, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi first announced that it will be commencing comprehensive repairs of emerging potholes on urban and intercity roads in the state.
As at then, the areas undergoing maintenance in Enugu metropolis, at the moment, include Ogui Junction, Otigba Junction, Savage Crescent, G.R.A and Damija, Trans Ekulu, among other locations.
A year after, in the same month of September now in 2019, the state Ministry of works and infrastructure issued another statement to reinstate their commitment to commence extensive repairs of potholes in the state urban roads including intercity roads in the state.
However in July 2020, the exercise was halted sighting the incessant rainfalls.
According to Enugu State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure through the Commissioner of the Ministry, Engr. Greg Nnaji, the action became necessary to avert washing away of repaired surfaces of the roads.
Incidentally, it is 2021 and many more of the roads are yet to be fixed, though some are being fixed already, however, people are clamouring that the state government hasten up with the exercise as some of the road are becoming death traps for motorists.
Agbani road is one of the most used roads in the state metropolis that urgently needs the attention of the state government and as such the ministry is urged to make it part of her top priorities as the road repair exercise is going on.