Villagers send SOS to Gov Obiano

By  Ikenna  Asomba

IHIALA—Residents of Umuaku Uli, in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State have continued to lament the untold hardship they have been facing, following the abandonment of the only road linking their community to the ever-busy Onitsha-Owerri expressway.

An abandoned heavy duty equipment.

The community which is also the ancestral home of the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Inter and Intra Party Relations, Hon. Forte Dike, has however, called on Governor Willie Obiano to urgently come to their rescue before next rainy season.

They told South East Voice, that the road which is the only access road into and out of their community has been abandoned by the contractor, shortly after they (contractors) were mobilised during the last rainy season this year.

The residents alleged that their son and brother, Hon. Dike, who represents Ihiala Federal Constituency of Anambra State in the House of Representatives on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has turned deaf ears to their plight.

They lamented that they went through hell to access the community during the last rainy season, as a result of the deep gullies caused by erosion. When South East Voice visited the community, Tuesday, the road named Dike Avenue, after the lawmaker’s father, was found to be impassable by vehicles and tricycles, as only pedestrians and motorcycles could wade through the road.

Also seen on the road, were an abandoned heavy-duty construction equipment, wooden-devices used in the construction of the drainage channels and two metallic-notice boards mounted on the road which read ‘’Caution: Slow down men at work, Tomline Ind. Co. Ltd.”

Speaking to South East Voice, Nze Ephraim Ojimba, a youth leader berated the lawmaker for failing in his 2011 electoral promises of fixing the community’s only access road.

The erosion ravaged access road to Forte Dike’s ancestral home in Umuaku Uli, Ihiala LGA.

Ojimba said: “The horrible state of this road has really been giving most of us concern. The road has been left untarred for many years, but earlier this year, we learnt that our brother representing us in the House of Representa-tives, Hon. Dike, has attracted a contractor to fix the road and we were elated.

“But our joy was cut short, during the last rainy season, when the contractor, abandoned the project, claiming that the rains would not allow them continue construction work. You have to see the hell people who have houses on that road go through just to access their homes.

“The road was impassable and it became nearly impossible for people to leave their homes even by foot or motorcycles. We are disappointed by the action of our lawmaker. This is the same person that came pleading for our votes with the Bible in hand during the 2011 House of Representatives election.

Another resident, Mazi Uche Ifeanyichukwu, said: “The road was not as horrible as this; not until the contractor came to site. They destroyed the road with their heavy-duty construction equipment and left the road uncompleted. I must confess that our kinsmen in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and those in diaspora are unwilling to come back home for this Yuletide because of the impassable nature of this road.

“Why would they come home? How do we expect them to come back home when they cannot access the community with their vehicles. We are really suffering because of the horrible state of this road. We are thus calling on Governor Willie Obiano to come to our rescue urgently, before another rainy season next year.”

However, efforts to speak to Hon. Dike as at the time of filing this report proved abortive as his phone was not connecting. A Short Message Service, SMS, sent to his phone was also not replied at press time.



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