By Our Correspondent
Enugu, the capital of the Coal City state, is fast sliding back to dilapidation despite the urban renewal efforts of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Our Correspondent, who visited parts of the former eastern regional capital, reports that the transport sector is worst hit with rickety vehicles plying the streets.
Residents, who volunteered information, blamed the trend on the governor’s failure to continue with the policy of his predecessor, Mr. Sullivan Chime, whose regime stood firm against invasion of the transport sector by all and sundry.
They recalled that the previous regime pegged the number of buses per route and also pegged the number of tricycles in the city to avoid route crowding. It also provided brand new cars on hire purchase to taxi drivers, making Enugu the cleanest state capital in the region.
However, with most of the taxis off the roads due to old age, the state capital is now left with a few rickety painted taxis and many unregistered ones.
Similarly, tricycle riders have invaded the city from other states to crowd the streets and make urban transportation a nightmare. In the absence of the taxis, many commuters now resort to taking the tricycles on charter to their destination, thereby defeating their mass transport value.
A cross-section of private car owners told Orient Daily that it had become nightmarish driving through the streets of Enugu because of the menace of the tricycle riders who lack respect for traffic rules. They identified areas worse hit by the menace as Abakpa Nike, Trans Ekulu, Nike Lake Road, Agbani Road, Asata, parts of Independence Layout, Coal Camp and Achara Layout axis.
The residents appealed to Gov. Ugwuanyi to revisit the purchase of new taxis as part of his urban renewal measures and to put a limit to the number of tricycles on each route to decongest the roads.