By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—EMEDE agrarian community in Umuahia North council area of Abia State has sent a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to complete the Attah-Emede Nkpuru-Umuakanu road and the Umuire-Udide-Umuodudu-Agbo road to enable them evacuate their agricultural produce.
The two roads are being rehabilitated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, which embarked on them through the intervention of Senator Theodore Orji, representing Abia Central so as to enhance easy evacuation of agricultural produce.
The community is inhabited by indigenes and farmers from other states, including Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Cross River, among others, who are engaged in the production of different types of agricultural produce such as yam, cassava, maize and vegetables.
The people appreciated the work so far done on the roads by the Federal Government but appealed that more effort be put in to ensure their completion and possible extension to their neigbou-ring communities who also are mainly farmers. The traditional ruler of the community, Eze Henry Ezekwem, commended the Federal Government and Senator Orji for the roads, saying that the community would forever be grateful.
He particularly thanked the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for opening up access roads that link the community to the neigbhouring Umuagu community as well as Umueze community all in Emede Autonomous Community which he said would assist the people in the easy evacuation of their farm produce and appealed that the roads be completed.
The community, while commending the Federal Government for the project, however, noted that work on sloppy bridge be properly done and for erosion to be well channeled so that houses would not be threatened by erosion menace. A farmer, Mr. John Uche, a native of Amasiri in Afikpo of Ebonyi State and living in Umuakannu community in Emede said “we are all farmers and need the road to evacuate our farm products. We thank the government and the senator and we urge them to help us by urgently complete the roads and do it well too.”
Another member of the community who is the immediate past youth leader of Umuakannu community, Mr. Obinna Anosike Ukanwa, alias Ijere, commended the government for the road project and appealed for the completion to ease the suffering of the people.
Ukanwa, a cripple said, “but now, to an extent, we, the physically challenged in the area have heaved a sigh of relief, but the Federal Government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should please complete the road for us, from Umuagu to Umuakkanu, to Umueze and to Agbo Idide communities”.
Also, Mr. Chile Ogbonna, an indigene who resides abroad, by the construction of the road the Federal Government has shown us some regard, we just appeal that they ensure the road is completed and that the erosion channeling is properly handled.
The community also used the opportunity to commend Senator which made him to make a case for the roads prompting their rehabilitation.