By: IfeanyiOkonkwo (Anambra),
The Honourable Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have called on Chief Willie Obiano, the Executive Governor of the state to direct the Commissioner for Road Construction and Maintenance, to call back the contractor handling the Awgbu-Amaetiti-Okpeze-Ndiukwuenuroad back to site.
The House Members went further to ask the Governor to also direct the Chairman, Anambra State Tenders Board to send the approved RETC to Anambra State Executive Council meeting for approval.
The motion, sponsored by Hon. Romanus Ugochukwu Obi, Member representing Orumba North Constituency, urged the Governor to call the contractor to site as the roads have made the people suffer a lot of inconveniences.
According to Hon. Obi, “The Awgbu-Amaetiti-Okpeze-Ndiukwuenu road has been awarded since 2013, which is more than 4 years and is yet to be completed. During the raining season, people from Awgbu-Amaetiti-Okpeze-Ndiukwuenu do not visit their towns because of non-accessibility to their respective towns”.
“I am calling on thisHonourable House to join their voices in calling on the Governor to direct the appropriate bodies to continue the good work they started”.
“When this road was awarded, people living along this road and its adjoining towns were very happy that they will soon start enjoying good roads like the rest of Ndi-Anambra, but this joy is short lived and is now turning into sorrow as a result of gullies on the road, especially during the rainy season”, Hon. Obi added.
Hon. Obi, blamed the lack of progress on the road to the non- sending of RETC by Tenders Board to the Executive Council.
He said, “The Tender Board has approved the RETC and is yet to be sent to Executive Council meeting for approval since October last year. The non-sending of RETC by Tender Board is one of the reasons why the road is not progressing”, he stated.
He claimed that he has been embarrassed by the people, who voted him in, and they are accusing him of not fulfilling his promises to them.
In supporting the motion, Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu, the Chief whip of the House, representing DunukofiaConstituency emphasized that, “The rains are fast approaching and if these roads are not completed, the state might end up spending more than budgeted because of the damages that the rains will do. It is always good for a contract that has been started to be completed because it will be for the benefit of the state and its citizens”.
On his part, Hon. UcheOkafor representing Ayamelum in support the motion, praised the chief sponsor of the bill by saying, “Hon Obi has showed the quality of a good representation of his people through hearing their cry”.
“His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano has done so many works in Orumba North and this road will at the end of the day be part of what he has been doing”, Hon Uche said.
Hon. Iruoba Kingsley Chukwuma representing NnewiSouth in support of the motion said, “There is no point giving people hope and at the end of the day leaving them stranded. It gives the government a bad reputation”.