Worst roads in Nigeria: Aba business community eyes Port Harcourt
Of all the 36 states in Nigeria , it is only Abia states that attracted the attention of the African Development Bank(AfDB) towards having its neglected roads rehabilitated.
But there are now strong indications that all stakeholders in the state will not be opposed to devoting more than 80 % of the bank’s budget, which will run into several millions of dollars, go into repairing the roads in the city, described as the worst in the country.
However, this can only be feasible if politics is removed from the proposal, said observers.
Those calling for the separation of the works from the internal wrangling in the state , which has seen it fraught with all manner of in-fighting and other intrigues, said the city has been neglected in the past 20 years.
A resident of Aba, Bob Elendu said there is nothing on the ground to prove that the movement is gearing towards rehabilitating the roads.
“Before the rainy season, the government officials told us that work on some of the major roads and big gullies would have started , so that the rain will not be an obstacle for repair works.
“But I speak with you, the Ohanku , Asa , Cemetery and Ariaria roads are dead traps.
“The Ibadan Road , which was the only access to the hinter land(Ama Mmong) has been so terrible that many people are totally cut off by flood.”
Another resident, Mrs. Bridget Okon , a business woman in the town said she had been forced to close her shop at Ngwa Port Harcourt by Okigwe Road because the bad nature of the road has made it impossible for her customers to come to the shop.
“In fact, many of us doing business here are being forced to relocate to Port Harcourt , Rivers State as there is nothing that shows that there will be any solution to the worst state of roads in Aba,” she lamented.
An aide to Governor, Ikpeazu , said the governor has been having Aba in mind and would soon go back to facing the Aba roads after the rains.