The abandoned Aba-Owerri road drainage channel started by the Gov.Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration nearly claimed its first major victim yesterday as a man who was trying to make a u-turn at the Luxury City hotel junction escaped death with his Toyota Camry car overturned into the ditch.
The drainage channel which was started during the first week of Gov. Ikpeazu’s inauguration has posed serious danger to residents and motorists who fall into it, especially during the rains.
According to an eyewitness, the driver who survived the accident with bruises, said, he was making a U-turn towards the luxury city hotel when he bumped into the big drainage channel which has been abandoned with iron fittings and gravel scattering the area.
When our correspondent visited the scene, the injured man has been rescued and taken to the hospital while his Toyota Camry car was still lying at the drainage. It was also discovered that the section of the road from Luxury City Hotel owned by Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chief Cosmos Ndukwe to Brass junction, is in a very bad state.
A crowd of residents and passersby who gathered at the scene blamed the governor for his inability to complete the project 1o months after it was started. They lamented that many motorists and residents had fallen into the uncompleted drainage channel with some breaking their legs while others sustained life threatening injuries from the iron fitting being used to construct the drainage.
While urging Gov. Ikpeazu to make haste and complete the project to save the lives and property of residents, a shop owner in the area said, “Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu should make haste to complete this project. Many people had fallen into this gutter with serious injuries. If they know they won’t be able to complete it, they should at least close it to save us. During the rains, if you see the way people fall into this gutter, you will cry. I have lost count of the number of people pulled out of the gutter during the road. The problem is that Okezie Ikpeazu took too many projects to impress people, now he can’t complete them.”
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