Ihiala: The plight of a forgotten people
Sir: The governments of Anambra State since Peter Obi’s administration have seemingly signed up for selective infrastructural development scheme in the state particularly on road construction on alleged account that former governor, Chinwoke Mbadinuju hails from Ihiala Local Council; hence supposed to tackle the roads during his tenure.
Ihiala town for instance in which the secretariat and magistrate courts are situated is unbearably shortchanged on roads such that to drive has become virtually impossible except on bikes or trekking. Splendidly, Obi testified of his administration’s feat on road networks recently at the platform, but sadly, no road was ever constructed in Ihiala by the state government since creation. The communities’ palliative efforts over the years could not be sustained due to the intensity of collapse. Major roads that demand emergencies are St. Jude’s-Okohia; Ndiezike-Umudara, Uzoakwa-Ezego, among others.
The incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano since assumption of office sustained his predecessor’s patterns with preference to other towns already upgraded. Sadly, Mbadinuju’s tenure alleged to be responsible constructed none in Ihiala except Uli, his home town.
In view of this, Gov. Obiano should expediently review his priorities as the bad roads subject lives to miserableness except the state is circuitously endorsing a divide and rule approach. Due to this adversity, pupils and students have difficulty going to school, and in many occasions fall inside mud-covered ditches in school uniforms with books. The day-to-day fate of market women, teachers, farmers and even clergymen is better imagined than mentioned.
Awka, Anambra State
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