|Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin; President, Campaign For Democracy|
Report By: Dede Uzor A. Uzor
The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East region has lamented the lack of Federal Government projects to be commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan during his working tour to Anambra on Thursday, August 30.
This was contained in a statement issued by the group to newsmen in Onitsha in Anambra State.
The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor and Dr. Jerry Chukwuokolo, who are the chairman and secretary of the South-East region of the group respectively.
The statement said that the president had disappointed over 70 million South-Easterners who massively voted him during the 2011 presidential election.
The statement further frowns at the on-going work at the Onitsha River Port, which had not reached up to 50 per cent completion.
``We wonder what he is going to commission outside the private companies of some individuals and groups like SAB-Miller Breweries, Orange Drugs soap factory, Kristoral Nigeria Limited among others’’.
``We are also surprise that up till now there had been no feasibility study on the promise 2nd Niger Bridge and it seems to us that it is a mirage again.
``About three presidents had promised the South-Easterners the building of the 2nd Niger Bridge, even former President Olusegun Obasanjo also commissioned it without a single record of the commissioning in government files,’’ it said.
The statement also decried the deplorable condition of the South-East Federal roads; which is like Somalian roads, with deadly potholes and extended ditches.
``The road condition had killed more people than the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern part of the country.
``Statistics shows that out of the about 8,750 kilometres of federal truck A roads in the country; the South-East have about 3,480 kilometres.
``And only about 980 kilometres are motorable, while over 2,500 kilometres are death traps and near-to-hell ditches.
``In the last two years, from Feb. 2010 to date over 1,223 innocent lives had been lost as a result of ghastly motor accidents associated with bad roads within the zone.
``The bad road had claimed 82 lives, which included 20 school children going to excursion in Sept. 2010 when a fuel-laden tanker exploded at Odumodu-Umunya junction along the Onitsha-Awka-Enugu road,’’ it said.
The statement said that the group was calling on the president to declare state-of-emergency on South-East roads especially the Onitsha-Awka-Enugu road.
``A journey, which should take less than 30 minutes from Onitsha to Awka, would how consume about 3 hours and 20 minutes due to the deplorable condition of the road,’’ it said.
It also called for the re-awarding of the abandoned federal road at Owerri-Amaifeke-Mgbee-Orlu road, which also leads to Anambra; adding that the road and Ferdinand Oil factory had been submerged by erosion.
``The road was abandoned in 1983 by Niger Cat and BCC construction companies,’’ it said.