Special Report: Inside Abia’s Broken Roads

From the Central Park in Aba South Local Government Area, the tricycle moved gently through a crowd of impatient traders. The road is littered with potholes, prompting this reporter to mutter a few words of complaint about the poor state of the road. The tricycle rider, apparently amused by such complaint, looked the other way, smiling. He told PREMIUM TIMES that the Central Park roads are some of the best roads in Abia State. Soon, the tricycle hit the notorious Obohia Road.

A dangerously narrow road, the first sign of palpable decay was the presence of an erosion-ravaged U-turn located at the beginning of the road. Soon, as the journey progressed, what began as tiny potholes turned into deep gullies. As the tricycle moved past damaged vehicles and abandoned tricycles, different…

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