Abia community seeks collaboration with FG, state Govt. to fix erosion ravaged roadOgbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

Residents of Arochukwu community in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State government have called on the Federal and state to collaborate with them to fix an internal road which has been deplorable and abandoned for over twenty years in the area.

The one kilometer road in Agbagwu village links the Arochukwu/Ohafia federal road to the old Ministry of works and Housing  garage, the Abia Hotel complex, churches, schools and residential buildings.

Some indigenes of the community who narrated their ordeal with the road to our correspondent lamented that the road which used to be very busy in the past years had become impassable for many years.

One of the residents identified as Emmanuel Ikechukwu, told our correspondent that apart from the deplorable nature of the road, gully erosion has also taken deadly turn on some portions of the road which poses a great danger to the community especially during the rainy season.

He lamented that if the erosion was not properly checked residential buildings and farms on the road would be affected adversely.

He said, "For many years we have forgotten about driving our cars into our houses, until recently when one of our brothers Pastor and mrs Eberechkwu Oji, decided to intervene in fixing the road.

"They were the people that started the drainage work that is ongoing on this road, that is why we are calling on the government and other good spirited individuals to collaborate with them and complete the job for the benefits of all and sundry.

"This road is very strategic because it connects many villages to our Central market, Hospital, Police station. But most importantly this road leads to the Abia Hotel complex which used to be a big tourist centre in this community starting from the old Imo state but is now abandoned for many years.

When contacted, Oji, confirmed that the quest to contribute his quotas to the society made him take up the oneous responsibility of fixing the road through the Nestar Corporate Services Limited. .

He added that over N10million have  so far been spent on the construction of drainage and there is much work to be  done on the road.

He said, "my wife and I embarked on the project to give back to our home town. My house is on the road and I was shocked to see that erosion had completely destroyed the road and it was no longer motorable. People who live on both ends of the road have to suffer a long journey to cross what was ordinarily a short road.

"We have tried as far as a private individuals can go but we need to complete the erosion and storm water control, grade and stabilize the road and asphalt it. 

"We need partners, both private individuals of like minds, corporate organizations, government agencies like the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, the Niger Delta Development Commission, and the Ministry of Works  to join hands with us to fast track and complete the road construction work.

Also the member representing the Arochukwu state constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly Mr Mike Ukaoha, commended the Ojis, for their approach towards community development by attempting to fix the road.

He said,"I'm very impressed that an Aro son has decided to develop the community. It's an excellent approach and what we are preaching. Community based projects that will benefit not just an individual but the entire community.

"I commend Pastor Oji and his wife and I will do all within my power to attract either the state government, the NDDC and other private individuals to join hands with them to complete this project on record time.

"I salute pastor Oji and his wife for embarking on this project quietly, it's an excellent behaviour that we want other well to do individuals to emulate". 

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