The Anambra State House of Assembly on Friday charged Gov. Willie Obiano to construct and rehabilitate roads in the rural communities to ease transportation and enhance socio-economic activities.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the house gave the charge in its resolution, following three motions moved under Matters of Urgent Public Importance during the plenary session in Awka.
The house listed some of the roads to include Amansea-Ndiukwuenu-Awa-Ufuma Road in Orumba North Local Government Area (LGA), Nkwo Oraifite-Nkwo Nnewi-Ndamani Ichi Roads in Ekwusigo LGA and Isuaniocha-Urum-Amanuke Achalla Road in Awka North LGA.
The lawmakers regretted that the condition of the roads was hampering commercial and business activities in the affected communities.
Mr Onyebuchi Offor (Ekwusigo ll) said that most of the roads had become impassable due to heavy flooding, resulting from the lack of drains.
“Road is an important key to social development and road maintenance is essential to preserve the roads from collapse.
“When you have good roads, safety, convenience and smooth journeys are guaranteed,” Offor said.
Contributing, Mr Chidi Udenmadu (Ihiala l) said that accidents on the roads remained high due to the dilapidation of the roads.
“The present condition of most of the roads in the hinterlands had made them death traps for motorists that ply them,” Udenmadu said.
Also, Mr John Nwokoye (Awka North) said that bandits were taking advantage of the poor condition of the roads to rob commuters of their valuables.
“The bad portions of the roads are also used as hideouts for miscreants and bandits, while cultists also conduct their nefarious activities along the road,” he said.
Nwokoye expressed sadness over the abandonment of the Isuaniocha Road which, according to him, was first awarded in 1979 by Jim Nwobodo’s administration.
“It was later re-awarded in 2006 by former Gov. Peter Obi but was abandoned,” he said.
Another lawmaker, Mr Emeka Aforka (Orumba North), said that the bad condition of rural roads was causing severe damage to vehicles plying them.
“Man hour is wasted, lives are lost, while trading and commercial activities are crippled due to the bad state of the roads in the hinterlands,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, said that it was incumbent on the government to provide the necessary infrastructure to ensure smooth transportation of goods and services.
“Good road network triggers off development and growth in any given economy.
“Therefore, we urge Gov. Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Road Construction, Road Furniture and Maintenance to construct and rehabilitate roads in the hinterlands.
“If these roads are fixed, it will increase mobility, access to markets, connect demand and supply, reduce transportation cost, accidents, crimes and enhance economic growth,” Okafor said.
Atiku Support Groups congratulate Obaseki
The All Atiku Support Groups (ASGs), has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as the governor of Edo on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The group Chairman, Mr Fabiyi Oladimeji, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja said Obaseki’s convincing victory was due to the resilience and steadfastness of the people of Edo State who did not give room for any manipulation by undemocratic forces.
“Nothing can be more dignifying than the stance and resolve of the good people of Edo for what they truly believed in.
“The good people of Edo state have demonstrated dexterity and spoken very loudly against god fatherism, against arrogance in power just as they have voted for progress and prosperity.”
Oladimeji commended the courage of Obaseki, his deputy, the State campaign council under the leadership of Chief Dan Orbih and all leaders of note in Edo State, Oladimeji said.
He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for maintaining neutrality in the election.
“We understand there cannot be perfection in any electoral process, but INEC by its conduct in the just concluded Edo election has shown that it is possible if we all decided to do what is right.”
Oladimeji said that the group would not take the role played by the security agencies in ensuring the smooth running of the elections for granted.
He said that although there was a full contingent of officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies on ground, no recorded cases of intimidation or harassment of voters were recorded during the election.
He also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the good people of Edo to have their say and way.
“Democratic process demands that people should be allowed to freely elect their choices, as democracy is all about the people.”
Oladimeji commended the doggedness of the Chairman, PDP National Campaign Council, Gov. Nyesom Wike, his Colleagues, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and all the National campaign council.
He also commended Atiku Abubakar for his timely intervention and support, as well as the Edo State Chapter of ASGs for mobilising voters for Obaseki’s re-election.
Oladimeji appealed to all stakeholders in the PDP to embrace the same strategy adopted and apply same during the upcoming Ondo Governorship election, Lagos senatorial by-election and Anambra governorship election.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Baby survives, mother dies in Anambra building collapse — Police
The Police Command in Anambra has confirmed the rescue of a six-month-old baby from the wreckage of a storey building which collapsed at Obosi near Onitsha on Sunday.
The Command’s Spokesman, SP Haruna Mohammed, however, said in a statement, that the baby’s mother died in the incident while many others sustained injuries.
Mohammed, who said the incident occurred at about 4:00p.m., could not ascertain the identity of the deceased as at press time.
He said the corpse had been deposited at a morgue, while investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of collapse.
According to him, the scene had been cordoned-off by the police and other security agencies while efforts are ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped inside the building.
He said: “On Sunday, one-storey building suddenly collapsed at Umuota village, Obosi town in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“Scene was visited and cordoned off by the police attached to Obosi Division and other security agencies in order to prevent hoodlums from gaining advantage to loot, while effort is ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped in the building.
“One person, a woman of about 40 years old, whose name is yet to be ascertained, was confirmed dead by a medical doctor and her baby is responding to treatment.
“Corpse deposited at St. Edward’s Mortuary for preservation.
“Case under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mohammed stated.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Edo poll: Secondus, Peter Obi congratulate Obaseki
Uche Secondus, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, have congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.
Secondus, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Sunday, also congratulated the Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu.
He described the PDP victory as a clear affirmation and demonstration of the people’s goodwill in appreciation of the outstanding performance of the governor and his deputy in their first term.
Secondus, while wishing the victors successful tenure, urged them to observe all the tenets of democracy and rule of law in the course of administering the state.
He commeded Edo people for standing up for democracy through their avowed determination to ensure that the will of the people and nobody else prevailed in their state.
“Edo people by their dogged display on Saturday were determined to take their collective destiny in their own hands and for this, PDP is proud of them,” he stated.
The PDP chairman also noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the various security operatives significantly played by the rules which he said reflected in the limited number of electoral cases.
Secondus, who said that the Saturday governorship election was far better than any previous elections under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to deepen democracy in the same way.
“We are standing on the euphoria of this to urge the President to sign the amended Electoral Act into law and carry out further electoral reforms that will engender peace and less interference in our electoral process.
“Also, we salute the gallantry of the APC, and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for providing healthy challenges,” Secondus stated.
The PDP national chairman also commended the international community for their vital interests in the country’s democracy, urging them not to relent to endure the people’s will continues to prevail in all electoral circumstances.
He commended PDP members across the nation for their support, particularly the chairman and members of the party’s National Campaign Council.
Secondus, also commended Gov. Nysom Wike of Rivers state, Forum of PDP Governors, members of the Board of Trustees, members of the National Working Committee, and civil society groups.
On his part, Obi in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem, said that the victory was deserving and a true reflection and wish of the good people of Edo State.
The former governor of Anambra said that he saw the victory coming, given the good record of performance of Gov Obaseki in his first term.
“Democracy is when the people are allowed to determine who leads them after weighing the records of the candidates,” Obi said.
Obi, who was the PDP vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, urged Obaseki and his deputy to see their victory as a catalyst to do more for their people.
He also commended INEC and others who played roles in the election for playing by the rules, urging them to continue in the direction for sake of peace in Nigeria.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi
Flood: Reptiles invade homes in Anambra community
Dangerous reptiles have began to creep into some residential houses in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra, as a result of flood.
Mr Arinze Awogu, Transition Chairman of Ogbaru Council Area who disclosed this on Sunday, said some displaced people were already moving into the holding camps prepared for them.
Awogu said the level of the River Niger had continued to rise, making streets and flood channels that emptied into the River to flow backwards.
He said no fewer than 1,000 persons have been forced out of their homes.
Ogbaru is a coastal local government with all its 16 communities on the banks of River Niger.
He reported that a big cobra which found its way into an apartment in Atani, was killed with the assistance of operatives from the Atani Divisional Police Station.
According to him, the cobra was killed in Atani, the man in whose house it was killed miraculously escaped being bitten by the snake the previous night as he went into his Boys Quarters in search of some documents.
“On sighting the snake, he quickly shut the door and invited the police from Atani police division who teargassed the room and the reptile became uncomfortable, but as it made its way out, it was killed by those around,” he said.
Awogu advised people of the area to always shut their doors at all times and spread repellants to ward off the unwanted guests as most of them had been displaced from their natural habitat.
“Snakes and other dangerous reptiles are being driven out of their habitats by the flood and people’s homes are likely to be where the deadly animals may be seeking refuge,” he said.
The council chairman said more people were being displaced from their homes by the flood and that they had started moving into the three holding camps in the council.
He regreted that flooding had become a yearly experience for the people and assured them of care while in the camps.
“People are leaving their homes and heading to the holding centres created by the Anambra government for people in flood-prone local government areas.
“The task now is to ensure they have the necessities of existence like food, healthcare and other facilities, while waiting for the flood to recede.
“In addition to what the state government is doing, we are calling on the Federal Government through NEMA to come to our aid,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Idonije Obakhedo