Mixed reactions trail demolition of roundabouts in Imo

The recent demolition of some major roundabouts in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on the order of the state Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has been generating much reactions from people in the state.

Some residents have described the move as a welcome development, while others view it as misplaced priority and waste of public funds in the face of dire financial challenges bedevilling the state.

Residents of Owerri on Tuesday woke up to discover that the popular Imo State University (IMSU) junction roundabout situated along Okigwe road area of the state capital he’s been demolished

On August 10, 2021, the government house/Okigwe road by Wetheral roundabout constructed by Rochas Okorocha Rescue Mission administration, was also pulled down by the 3R government of Senator Hope Uzodinma.

First to be affected was the Ware House Roundabout roundabout situated in front of the Imo International Conference Centre IICC, followed by the Emmanuel College roundabout by Wetheral Road.

Other roundabouts destroyed include the Fire Service roundabout situated along Mbaise road, Poly junction by Naze., Aba road among others.

The pulling down of these roundabouts, described as landmark structures by the Rescue Mission Government, has raised some concerns from stakeholders who have questioned the rationale behind the demolition.

A senior Owerri based lawyer and human rights activist, callistus Osueke has taken a swipe at the Imo state governor, senator Hope Uzodinma for demolishing some of former governor Okorocha’s signature projects in a subtle attempt to erase his legacies, thereby inflicting Pain on Imo people who are helplessly watching in disappointment.

He noted that he has been in the state for a long time and witnessed the administrations of James Aneke, Tanko Zubairu, Achike Udenwa, Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Chief Emeka Ihedioha, but has never seen a government that is as insensitive to the plight of the people, as the self acclaimed Hope Uzodinma shared prosperity government that has not only alienated itself from the people, but takes delight in unleashing pain, hardship, lack and deprivation on them.

Some motorists who spoke to BBNAIJA ONLINE” who visited the scene, said, “we support the demolition of the bogus roundabout which occupies a greater part of the road and makes it difficult for vehicles to cross the area, thereby causing traffic gridlock.”

A journalist, Chidiebube Okeoma, who also faulted the demolition exercise, said that the governor should have focused on addressing pressing challenges, such as payment of arrears, workers’ salaries.

“Imo is the only state where the government demolished a roundabout and rebuilt it,” he said.