House of Reps Call for Immediate Rehabilitation of Onitsha-Owerri Road as Hon. Toby Okechukwu Laments over Humanitarian and Security Challenges

…Some portions of Enugu-Porharcourt road are failing even while the contractors still on site


The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Ministry of Work, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FEMA and other relevant organizations to expedite actions in order to rehabilitate the Onitsha-Owerri expressway due to its deplorable condition resulting to humanitarian and security challenges.

Filed Pic: Hon. Toby Okechukwu, House Deputy Minority Leader

The House of Representatives resolution on Wednesday follwed a motion by the House Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Toby Okechukwu.

Hon. Toby Okechukwu while moving the motion on Wednesday 22nd September, 2021 during the House plenary said the Onitsha-Owerri expressway is currently broken down
resulting into the humanitarian and security crisis.

Hon. Okechukwu in leading the debate stated that videos abound as evidence where a huge gully has broken the road into two.

He said that a petroleum tanker recently got trapped in the gully and was threatening to spill its content.

He expressed worry as some portions of the road have made the road impassable and hot spots for bandits.

Okechukwu also stated that the portions of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway have been abandoned while portions of the Enugu-Porharcourt road are failing even with the contractors still on site.

He called on the Minister of Works and Housing to commence immediate repair of the failed parts of the Onitsha-Owerri and investigate the reasons behind the failure of parts of the Enugu-Portharcourt road, and that the relevant Committees of the House should ensure compliance.

His prayers were adopted by the House of Representatives with some amendments that Ministry of Work should intensify efforts to fix several roads that are in deplorable condition.

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