Some communities in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State are appealing for provision of basic facilities to alleviate their sufferings and empower youths in the area. They made the plea when members of the ‘’Visit Every Community’’, VEC programme of the Enugu State government came to find out their six key development needs.
Members of the communities listed lack of potable water, access road, electricity, health facilities as well as poorly equipped primary and secondary schools as challenges facing them. They also expressed concern that where the amenities existed, they were either partially completed or non functional.
The people who noted that similar visits by the last administration did not yield much result pleaded with the present government to rescue them from the untold hardship.
“Main road causes all of us not to go to anywhere and our neighbours do not come to our market because of the bridge, if rain comes now you won’t cross the bridge. We need schools, we have no teachers, no nurses and doctors we don’t have.”
“I am Emeka Eche; We are happy to have them here and we are waiting to see those things promised us, executed.”
I am Mrs Maureen Anyaka; What they come for I feel it will favour us and am very cheerful to see them. If they do these things they come for, we will be very happy, it will favour us.”
At Umuaji Imezi Owa, the Traditional Ruler, Igwe Cletus Ozoigbekwu thanked the team for the visit and express the hope that the infrastructure when put in place would reduce rural-urban migration.
“We are suffering from social amenities. If government do one or two of our request, we will be happy. The past administration cited some projects but uncompleted.”
Responding, the Team Leader of VEC 2017 for Ezeagu Local Government Area, Mr. Nelson Ede, assured the communities that the state Governor would give their request urgent attention.
“ The Governor wants the communities to know his office is open for them to access and if there is any project that is left undone, they have the right to say this is what the government did and this was not done”.
Four autonomous communities visited were Ogwofia Owa, Umu-aji Imezi Owa, Obelagu Umana and Eziowa Mgbagbuowa.