By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA- A PETROL tanker driver driving against the run of traffic, yesterday, in Onitsha received the shock of life as he cane to face with Governor Peter Obi along the ever busy Onitsha-Owerri federal highway.
Obi, who was on official duty at the time of the incident, personally intercepted the lorry with number plate ENUGU XY260 ENU and other vehicles following it behind.
Typical of Onitsha residents, many people abandoned their businesses and gathered to witness the development, while other vehicles also driving against the flow of the traffic turned back, thereby causing more traffic jam in the area.
The governor, who repeated his earlier warning to motorists and other road users going against the traffic, described the practice as barbaric, adding that it was capable of causing multiple accidents on the road.
He made it clear that going against traffic often constituted serious threat to other road users with the attendant traffic congestion.
He charged security operatives to be alive to their responsibilities to ensure that nobody drove against the traffic on any road in the state.
….Assures flood victims of support
AWKA—VARIOUS communities in Anambra State affected by last year’s flood that ravaged many states in the country have started counting their losses, even as the state governor, Mr. Peter Obi has been assuring them of government support.
Eight local government areas in the state were affected by the flood, with two, Ogbaru and Anambra West, totally submerged.
As the people returned to their various communities after the flood, they came face to face with the reality of the damage done by the flood.\
Most of the houses, schools, local government headquarters and domestic animals were completely destroyed.
Though the 57 communities affected have received N57 million cash and other materials, including farming implements, from the state government to enable them resettle, they have continued to cry that what they lost was so much to bear.
However, Governor Obi, who has been visiting the communities with the materials and cash, has continued to assure them that they would not be abandoned.
Interacting with the people of Umuikwu Anam in Anambra West local government which was totally submerged during the flood, Obi announced that the state government would commence immediate rebuilding of water schemes destroyed by the flood in the area.
He argued that it was important to give them regular clean water in view of the terrain of the area.
He also explained that government would soon start emergency repairs of Anam-Nzam-Kogi State road which, though was almost being completed, was devastated by the flood.