ENHA directs transport ministry to remove abandoned vehicles from roads

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By Ifeoma Aka

Enugu, Nov. 26, 2020 Ahead of the Christmas celebration, the Enugu State House of Assembly has directed the Ministry of Transport and Local Government Area Chairmen to remove all parked and abandoned vehicles on the roads.

The House also urged the State’s Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to live up to its duty of clearing obstruction on the Highway to prevent accidents or road mishaps.

The Assembly gave the directives following a motion on the need to decongest the road in Enugu state sponsored by the member representing Udi South Constituency, Mr Chukwuka Eneh.

Presenting the motion during a joint sitting of Enugu and Anambra State Houses of Assembly, Eneh said the motion had become important to decongest the roads in view of the Christmas celebration to ensure free flow of vehicles on the roads.

The Assemblyman lamented that the indiscriminate way and manner some drivers packed their vehicles by the road sides contributed in creating gridlock, accidents and other challenges to road users in the state.

He added that road side hawkers, who used their wheel barrows to block the roads, were also contributing to the worsening traffic situation being experience in Enugu Metropolis.

Eneh stated that “the worst of the culprits are the set that park their vehicle for years or abandon them for years by road corridors creating permanent nuisance which often crystallize to road accidents.

“Another group that creates challenges for road users are road side hawkers; these days they use their wheel barrows to block the roads while marketing their wares and products; it’s quite unfair.

“From top of 9th mile fly over to the Nsude seminary, you will see uncountable long trucks packed by the two road corridors. On that road is a by-pass that joined the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

“The by-pass corridor and part of the road is festered with packed and abandoned trucks. The newly created by-passes by our amiable Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi experience the same fate.”

According to him, there is need for a free flow of traffic, which can only be achieved if the vehicles parked and abandoned by road corridors are removed while the activities of hawkers are restricted.

Contributing, the member representing Oji River Constituency, Mr Jeff Mba, suggested that authorities responsible for decongesting the road should be compelled to implement the motion to the letter.

Mba noted that it would go a long way in ensuring that those traveling for the festive period did not waste much time on the road before getting to their destinations.

Other members who lent their voices to the motion commended the sponsor for his pro-activeness in ensuring that the Enugu State was free from gridlock.

The Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Ubosi, thanked his colleague for their robust contribution on the motion, which he described as “an indication that the seventh Assembly thinks well for the residents of the state”.

Ubosi then directed the clerk of the House to communicate the resolution to the appropriate authorities and ensure its implementation.

The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Uche Okafor, appreciated the Enugu state lawmakers for the opportunity to participate in their plenary which, he said, had sharpened their legislative experience.

The House thereafter adjourned its plenary untill Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.

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