…we don’t want any contractor to jeopardize the effort of Obiano on road construction- Deputy Speaker
By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Members of the 7th Anambra State House of Assembly, have urged Governor Willie Obiano to direct the State Commissioner for works to call back the contractor, “Stefanuti Stocks Hape& Co” (a South Africa company) to site on Anansea-Ndiukwuenu-Awa-Ufuma road.
Chief sponsor of the motion, Deputy Majority Leader, member representing Orumba North Constituency, Emeka Aforka and Eleven other legislators sponsored the motion. The Orumba North representative moved the motion and was seconded by Majority leader, Nnamdi G. Okofor Awka South 1 representative.
Leading the debate, Aforka said, “The road is yet to be completed for the past five years of commencement and the pitiable state of the road, endangers the lives of motorists and commuters, who ply the road”. Adding that the aforementioned road has three link bridges, two has been completed while one at the Okpeze-Amaetiti axis is undone.
Expressing his worries, the chief sponsor said, “Untold hardship and great inconvenience that has lead to loss of huge productive hours on a daily basis. Conscious on the fact that social and civil infrastructure are among the twelve enabling pillars of the four cardinal objectives of the present administration ably led Governor Willier Obiano.
“Cognizant of the provisions of section 15(3)a of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which entrusts the state with the responsibility of providing adequate facilities so as to encourage free mobility of people, goods and services throughout the federation”.
Expressive his displeasure, Aforka submitted saying “The construction started with a massive energy, and huge amount of money released by Governor Obiano to the contractor after which work commenced impressively and speedily. It is very worrisome and heart breaking today when you visit the road. The entire people of Orumba and Aguata local government and environs, who use that road are suffering. Surprisingly, the contractors decided to abandon that road. It is also very unfortunate that every raining season, the Ufuma-Awa axis and its entire road is been cut off with a lot of gully erosion. Those who are farmers are been hindered. They cannot take their crops to sale. Let the commissioner for works call the contractor back to site to save our people”.
Other lawmakers in their separate submission frowned at the bad state of the road. Member representing Awka North constituency John Nwaokoye and Member representing Aguaata 2 Constituency, Okechukwu Okoye, who also co-sponsored the motion, in supporting the motion said, “if these road is properly constructed, it will improve the economic activities of the constituencies and the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state. The road needs urgent attention. It is quit touching to leave those people in that bad condition”.
Majority leader, Nnamdi G Okofor, Member representing Awka South Constituency 1 and Orumba South representative, Emma Nwafor, while adding their voices in support said, “we are pleading to Governor Obiano to please as a matter of urgency give the necessary directives to the appropriate bodies. This is a road that will add a lot of values in Anambra state. Orumba is one of the food baskets of Anambra. If these roads are completed, it will be to the benefit of Ndi-Anambra. Once a projected is abandoned, it will witness contractual collapse. It’s not economical, which means we are losing. The earlier the contractors come back, the better”.