If you are returning to Abia for Christmas please travel light and forget about buying drinks and provisions from abroad, Lagos or Abuja. Just enter your car or flight and arrive Abia then do your shopping.
Shoprite Umuahia is open for business and you can get everything you need at very good prices. I discovered that drinks are even cheaper at Shoprite than where I used to buy from. Same with virtually everything.
If your interest is what to wear, stop over at Aba and shop. Clothes and shoes are cheaper, local and foreign, and our tailors and shoe makers are still open for business all through this season.
Palliative work has been done by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu along Faulks road in addition to ongoing reconstruction work there and you can count on being able to easily access the biggest market in West Africa. There are also good alternative links to Ariaria like Umule, Chima Nwafor and others leading to Ariaria.
For now, use Aba-Owerri road to enter the city and if your destination is Ariaria you can turn off at Umuocham and join Faulks road through Umule. You can also use Tonimas or Umuojima as your turn off, if coming from PH, and hit Ariaria.
Crucially, please do not use one way or throw things off from your car while at Aba. TIMASS team at Aba does not know the meaning of “Abeg” or “please” if they apprehend you doing the wrong thing at Aba you must pay fine.
It is dangerous to travel from far distances with heavy loads when you can travel light and then shop in your state to help the local economy. The difference between a bag of rice in Lagos and at Aba or Umuahia might just be about N100. Is that enough to fix your broken down car alongside the risk to you and your family?
Travel smart, be vigilant and obey traffic laws this Yuletide season.
Article by John Okiyi Kalu