Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, speaking to Anambra South locale of Anambra State in the Nigeria Senate, has asked the administration of the Senate to as an issue of criticalness audit the more than 136 checkpoints/barriers between Ijebu Ode and Onitsha head connect with the end goal of downsizing them, particularly, considering the unlawful penetrates, embarrassment and difficulty delivered upon drivers and explorers utilizing the streets.
He set that these hostile and perilous barricades can be supplanted with cutting edge watch groups and viable observation and correspondence frameworks on the interstates.
Senator Ubah, who frightened the red chamber at its entire meeting, Wednesday, and observed, at a live transmission, Wednesday, on the earnest need to diminish the high number of Roadblocks/Checkpoints between Ijebu Ode and Onitsha Head Bridge.
The chieftain of Young Progressives Party, YPP, additionally accentuated that the ceaseless entourage of checkpoints spreading over more than 136 barricades between Ijebu Ode and Onitsha head connect have outlasted its helpfulness, regarding controlling security penetrates as they presently fill in as course pipes for coercion and terrorizing.
He said, “I came under Order 43 of the Senate rules to raise a complaint about the increasingly worrisome number of roadblocks/checkpoints mounted by the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Army and other paramilitary security agencies between Ijebu Ode and Onitsha head bridge.
“The number of checkpoints between Ijebu Ode and Onitsha head bridge are even more than checkpoints in Boko haram infested areas in the North, which makes one wonder if southeastern roads are in a state of war/emergency.”
Continuing Ubah said, “While acknowledging the issue of insecurity in Nigeria that has necessitated increased security presence, we cannot fail to condemn the increasing militarization of our roads. These multiple roadblocks/security checkpoints, coupled with the rough condition of roads leading to the south-east region, are causing unnecessary traffic buildup with untold hardship on road users.
“This matter which has been on the front burner of National discourse has reduced the ease of doing business and inter-state commercial activities in the region, “he asserted.