The Culture Credibility Initiative, a body of the Igbo intellectual elite has called the attention of the federal government to intervene and fix the collapsed Onitsha-Owerri road.
A statement by the coordinator of the group, Chief Goddy Uwazurike addressed to the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola drew attention to the deplorable state of the road, especially the point in front of the Metalurgical Institute.
The call stated that :
“Today, this road is a present and looming danger to anyone passing through that road. In a sentence, the Onitsha Owerri Rd has been divided into two. Need I remind the Hon Minister that this road is crucial to the network of roads leading to the Economic Golden Egg of Nigeria.
Your Excellency, we wish to inform you that the roads in Igboland are so delapidated that road transportation has crumbled beyond description. As the governor of Lagos State, you performed very well in the provision and maintenance of good roads. We believe that you can repeat this feat on Onitsha-Enugu road, Enugu-Port Harcourt Rd, Ihiala-Mbano Umuahia roads, the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene road, the Aboh-Anioma roads, the Umuahia-Arochukwu roads, Owerri-Okigwe road, Owerri-PH roads, the Okigwe-Uturu-Afikpo roads, the Owerri-Mbaise-Obowo roads , the Aba-Ikot Ekpene road, the 9th Mile-Benue boarder roads.
Your Excellency, your good name will go down the drain if you do not urgently rise to the occasion.”
A video of the road that had cut in two by water erosion shows total danger and collapse.
Beyond this point at the slope towards the Idemili River, the entire stretch of the road from Upper Iweka flyover towards the Enamelware had been out of use for over two years now.
Users of the road and residents of the commercial city of Onitsha lament the losses they incur on that road as accidents are daily occurrences resulting in loss of lives and goods.