WORK HAS COMMENCED ON THE FAILED PORTION OF OBY-OKOLI AVENUE IN AWKA.
Reporter : SCHOLAR ABAGA –
Residents of Okpuno in Awka South local Government Area of Anambra State can now heave a sigh of relief as work has commenced on the failed portion of Oby-Okoli Avenue by Lan Hostel in Awka.
They however appealed to the Ministry of Works to expedite action on the road to avoid total collapse due to gully erosion threatening the area. Okpuno community shares boundaries with lsuanocha,Awka and Mgbakwu. The town has thirteen villages and the people are engaged in gold smiting and farming generally.
However, the construction of Oby-Okoli road by Lan Hostel by the previous administration to enhance the evacuation of food items as well as ensure socio-economic activities of the people and their neighbours seems hindered by gradual damage of a portion in the area. With an intensified call of the Radio Nigeria on the state government regarding the inherent danger posed by the situation, work eventually commenced in the area.
Speaking on the development, a resident of Okpuno, Mrs Uche Ojukwu, appreciated the government for responding to the call by embarking on the construction. A business woman in the area, Mrs Blessing Nelson, who lamented that the problem was affecting her business before now, thanked the Governor for coming to their aid.
Mrs Nelson added that the recent rainfall had worsened the situation thereby affecting her business negatively. A motorist, Mr. Nelly Emmanuel was happy he would no longer repair his vehicle after plying the road
“They are doing good.They should repair it for us at least my car will not spoil and we can have a good way to drive”.
A Keke Operator Mr. Ojonugwa Alabi, regretted that flood washed away some materials used on the road and called for a proper means to protect the finished portion
Another business woman Mrs Pricilla Eze, appealed to Ministry of Works to hasten work on the road to avoid another havoc by rain.
‘l want government to tell the contractor handling the road project to expedite action before the road cut into two.l appreciate what the government is doing”.
Other respondents, called for dual construction to increase the pace of work in the area.