By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA – The President- General of Umuchu Improvement Union Representatives Assembly, UIURA, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Kingsley Onunkwo has decried the poor network of rural roads in the area noting that apart from Governor Obiano’s N20 million project grant to every community in the state, nothing had been done to alleviate the suffering of rural people in the area.
Onunkwo, particularly called on the state government to come to the aid of the community by rehabilitating the Ugwu-Akwu/Achala/Umualoma road among other roads in the area, which he said were no longer motorable.
Onunkwo however, expressed satisfaction over the peaceful atmosphere existing in the area and gave the assurance that rancour would not creep into the community throughout his tenure in office.
However, the traditional ruler of Umuchu Community, Igwe Godson Ezechukwu also, lamented the current harsh economic situation in the country which he said had unleashed unprecedented hardship on the citizenry, particularly the youths.
Ezechukwu said at the moment, it was not certain whether the country was moving forward or backsliding as according to him, hunger, starvation and hopelessness had become the order of the day.
They spoke at a colourful ceremony to mark Ezechukwu’s 14th Annual Ofala Cultural festival.
The monarch noted that although recessions occured on the average every 10 years, the current situation was one of the harshest Nigerians had experienced, adding that the only solution left as survival strategy was for everybody to embark on aggressive farming to boost food production and feed themselves as was the case before the discovery of oil.
Ezechukwu believed that with massive food production by all and sundry, people would feed well and cushion the effects of the economic recession.
He however commended Governor Willie Obiano over his good leadership qualities and pledged his unalloyed loyalty for his administration.
“We pray for continued good governance and continuity in the years ahead.
“I thank God for giving us peace, love and progress in our community. We have to go back to the farm because we did not start with oil. We need electricity, water and good roads to our farms,” he further stated.
Ezechukwu also commended the President-General of UIURA, Mr Onunkwo, the President of Women Wing, Lady Kate Ezenwajiaku; the local vigilante committee, the Divisional Police Officer in the area and his team as well as members of his cabinet for their unflinching support so far and urged them not to relent.