CYNTHIA IGBOKWE reports that the ongoing Akpo-Mbaraoye Achina-Ogwu Nganga-Onne-Agbudu-Ogboji road awarded by former Governor Peter Obi and inherited by the Governor Willie Obiano has been cut off by erosion.
Flash flood was caused by the abandoned road project in Achina Community, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state and the disaster has cut off over Two Hundred (200) families around Peter University of the Catholic Diocese of Awka.
The families find it difficult to access their ancestral homes and can only park their vehicles at upland and trek some kilometres to reach home. The over seven kilometre road cuts across five major agrarian communities.
A community leader and Ichie Ezeagbakwosi ward, Achina, Ichie Celestine Ezeanyim disclosed this when he visited the scene to see palliative measures being carried out on the road by an illustrious son of the community, Nze Modestus Umenzekwe, aka, Onwa Achina. He said the 200 families are residents around Peter University of the Catholic Diocese of Awka.
Ichie Ezeanyim commended Nze Umenzekwe for being selfless in carrying out the palliative measures on the road to enable visitors trooping to the community for the burial of a famous teacher and guardian, Late Nze Michael Uzoigwe Onunkwo aka Eziokwu Bu Ndu who died at the age of 100 years. He urged him not to relent in doing well for the community as his rewards awaits him.
Addressing newsmen on why he embarked on the emergency repairs on the road, Nze Modestus Umenzekwe said he was shocked when he returned to the village for the burial ceremony of late Pa Onunkwo, his in-law, but could not asses his home like others, hence he sourced for money and embarked on a palliative measures to reduce the suffering of his people. He said without the palliative, the burial would have been punishment rather than merry as the old man outlived his peers.
Nze Umenzekwe, a member of APC Anambra and Lagos states said Achina people were disappointed on the way the project has lingered, wondering why the people of Achina are being treated as second class citizens even when they gave him (Governor Obiano of Anambra state) a block vote during the election.
‘’Obiano government has failed us. This road awarded by then Governor Peter Obi supposed to have been completed since four years ago because Obi completed from Ekwulobia through Nkpologwu-Achina to Umuchu from Mbaraoye and Obiano added only a kilometre since then and abandoned the road. Now this erosion was caused by the contractor because they wanted to add another kilometre and excavated the sand even reducing the length of the original size of the road thereby thwarting the natural flow of flood.
Nze Umenzekwe regretted that the APC candidate Comrade Tony Nwoye would have done better for Achina and other communities on that road and appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to come to their rescue by fixing that road for Achina people.
On his part, the Chairman, Umueziyi Achina Village meeting Lagos Branch, Mr Anthony Onyiliagha reminded that without Onwa Achina nobody would be accessing Nkwere road for decades as he does palliative on that road and has added a new one by doing the Mbaraoye Achina –Onne –Ogboji road to reduce the suffering of road users.
He informed that St Peter’s School, Achina was a popular school both as a Secondary School and as a TTC but regretted that development cut them off because of bad road and appealed for quick resolution of the road contract awarded over 5 years ago.
The traditional ruler of the community is Igwe Godwin Obiora and he too, it was leant, isn’t happy with the abandoning of the project.