I want to start this discourse with this question: did anybody vow that Julius Berger will never work in South East? Of all the political zones in the country, it is the South East that holds the record of the worst road network. When the secession cries of the Indigenous People of Biafra was loudest about two or three years ago, a section of northern leaders under the leadership of Kashim Shettima, then governor of Borno State decided on a diplomatic shuttle tour to the region. In his speech at the Government House, Umuahia, capital of Abia State, Kashim Shettima told his audience that he and his team had found some reasons why Igbo still talk about secession more than 40 years after the civil war ended.
The first reason he gave was the poor state of the road network in the region. It is instructive to note that Kashim Shettima and his team first landed by air in Port-Harcourt, capital of Rivers State in South-South and began the journey into South East by road from Port-Harcourt through Aba, the famous commercial center, all through other sub-urban centers on the popular Port-Harcourt-Enugu expressway to get to Umuahia. It is important to observe that it was from Umuahia the team moved into other parts of South East before they left for their home states. So Kashim Shettima and his team were already convinced of the terrible state of roads in the South East even before the team could complete the tour of the entire area. Imagine what their impression would have been if their observation had come after the tour.