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Politics of Awka flyovers in Anambra

By Vincent Ujumadu

THE three flyovers constructed by the Willie Obiano administration in the heart of the Anambra State capital, Awka, have turned into a major campaign issue for the governor and his rivals in the other political parties. Obiano commenced the bridges soon after his inauguration in 2014 and work did not stop until their completion.

The bridges with accompanying street lights and which had since been put to use, were constructed in record time of below two years and had helped immensely in reducing traffic gridlock along the ever busy Onitsha –Enugu federal highway. While some have been commending Governor Obiano for the work, opposition politicians have been describing it as an obstacle on the federal highway. One of the politicians even said he would demolish the bridges if he wins the November 18 election, while another argued that the money spent on the bridges would have been enough to construct many rural roads.

A major issue for critics is that the bridges were poorly constructed with some alleging that they are eyesores with a former governor of the state, Dr. Chris Ngige vowing that an APC government will demolish the bridges. But the camp of Obiano cannot be intimidated by the politics of the flyovers. Founder of Willie Obiano Support Group, Chief Jude Emecheta said the opposition politicians were talking about the bridges because they do not see what to say against the incumbent governor who is seeking re-election.

He said that all those jostling to contest the governorship have nothing to tell the people because the governor has raised the bar of governance in the state.

He imagined what the opponents of the governor would have said if Anambra State was owing workers like in most states of the country.

He also said that the state government’s giant strides in agriculture and infrastructural development had also made the opponents to be concentrating only on the bridges, which first time visitors to the state capital admire and praise the state government for.

 


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