Commuters And Motorists Stranded As Awka-Onitsha Expressway Collapses
MOTORISTS and commuters were stranded yesterday at Umunya, in Anambra State following total collapse of Odumodu-Umunya Road portion of Awka-Onitsha Expressway.
Some vehicles were trapped in the gullies on the road after a heavy downpour which lasted three days.
The situation made motorists traveling from Enugu, Awka, Delta, Benin to Lagos and Onitsha to Enugu and other states to make U-turn and divert to Awka-Nkpor-Onitsha old road as an alternative route to their destinations.
The Enugu-Onitsha Expressway has been a deathtrap and in deplorable condition over the years.
The Enugu axis of the expressway has since been abandoned by commuters and motorists, who resorted to Enugu- Ude-Orji River Old Road, which is already also on the verge of collapse.
A commercial driver who spoke to Daily Sun, Mr. Okey Nnenanya lamented the hardship the deplorable road had caused them over the years, saying it has become worse due to complete collapse of the road.
He appealed to the Federal Government to rehabilitate the road for motorists and other road users.
A commuter, Mrs. Ada Agbala said she was traveling to Lagos from Enugu and was trapped at the
portion where the road was cut-off.
“This road is very bad; I don’t know whether our leaders do not pass through this road. Look at my cloth; I am traveling to Lagos but, look how I am. Everybody in the bus had to come down inside this mud and cross over to the other side of the road. It is terrible. If the Federal Government has rejected us, the state government should do the road for the benefit of travellers,” she lamented.
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