The residents said businesses are moving to neighbouring states.
Some residents of Aba in Abia State have called on the state government to urgently rehabilitate and reconstruct roads in the city to forestall imminent flooding.
The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria in Aba on Monday that the heavy rains witnessed in the city had posed a serious threat to the residents, especially the businessmen.
They said the bad roads in the city were driving businesses away as many of them were moving to neighbouring states like Akwa Ibom and Enugu that had improved infrastructure.
One of the residents and a businessman, Okey Nwagbara, lamented that businesses had collapsed due to poor infrastructure in Aba.
“There is no business going on in Aba anymore. Businesses have collapsed. All those people who used to come to Aba to do business have diverted to other places due to lack of access to the city.
“Businessmen are now relocating to neighbouring states like Akwa Ibom and Enugu because the governors have provided enabling environment for them
“What pains me most is that these roads were commissioned few months ago,’’ he said.
Another resident, Christian Nwokedi, who has lived in Aba for 30 years, said the town had been neglected by the governments.
Mr. Nwokedi, who produces leather dyes, lamented that products made in Aba could hardly be moved to the markets.
“Aba is a rejected town. I am begging the Federal Government to help Aba,’’ he said.
Godwin Eze, a trader, said the town generated enough revenue to rehabilitate the roads, pointing out that the city generated the highest revenue to the state government after its allocation from the federation account.
He called on the state government and other development agencies to come to their aid and alleviate the plight of the people.
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