From Blessing Iruoma, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has blamed the frequent road mishaps in the state, especially those that involved tankers, on bad roads.
The ACN which was reacting to the recent tanker accident which occurred as a result of bad road and nearly led to explosion at Industry Road, close to NPA, Port Harcourt, asserted that it is high time Amaechi government took concrete steps to rehabilitate Rivers Roads, which it describes as death-traps.
ACN in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Jerry Needam, noted that Rivers roads are riddled with potholes which make it dangerous for drivers to pass easily and consequently results to frequent minor and fatal motor accidents.
Jerry Needam said it worries the party that despite the billions of naira Rivers State Government says it has spent on road maintenance and its consistent sloganeering on operation zero potholes. Rivers roads still remain riddled with dangerous potholes.
The party in its statement wonders where the money had gone into and requests the Rivers State Government to set up investigative team to find out what has happened to the billions, allocated for roads rehabilitation.
The party also calls on Rivers State Government to stop paying lip-service to the issue of road maintenance and move into concrete action immediately to rehabilitate these dilapidated roads spread across the state.