Imo: lawmakers proffer solution to recurrent accidents at IMSU junction

Three  lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly, namely, Honourables Ikenna Ihezuo of Orlu, Chidiebere Ogbunikpa of Okigwe and Cinton Amadi of Owerri Municipal constituencies have proffered solutions to the recurring accidents at the Imo State University (IMSU) junction in Owerri.

The three lawmakers tasked the state government to urgently take measures to avert future occurrences.

Recall that last Saturday, a trailer rammed into some mini buses already loaded with passengers at the junction and killed not less than six and left many injured.

In his motion on adjournment Tuesday, Hon Ikenna Ihezuo called for a minute silence for the victims of the accident and later suggested ways of averting future accidents at that junction.

He also called for vehicular movement control of heavy duty vehicles along the major road by making them ply the road late in the night when people might have gone home from 12 mid night to 5am.

He said alternatively, speed bumps should be constructed every 50 meters up to the junction leading to the university and that regular inspection of vehicles by VIOs should be carried out.

Also speaking, Rt. Hon Chidiebere Ogbunikpa (Chydon) suggested that heavy duty vehicles coming into the capital city from the Okigwe Road axis should be diverted to the Rochas Foundation Road to enable those going to Onitsha, Port Harcourt and the adjoining areas continue with their journeys, while on the left, they should take Bishop’s Court/ Chukwuma Nwoha Road to access Aba, Mbaise and environs.

He added that there was no need to construct  additional flyover at IMSU junction as people had suggested in various fora, as the one already in place at Orji junction was enough in that area.

He said he was of the belief that if his idea was implemented by the government of the day, the recurring IMSU junction accidents would be a thing of the past as students and those living and working around the area would be free to go about their normal businesses.

Hon Clinton Amadi had a few weeks ago moved a motion on the control of vehicular movements in the state capital, but it was not implemented.