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Bad roads: Ibii community in Ebonyi calls for government’s intervention

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Indigenous people of Ibii community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi have called on State Government’s urgent intervention over the deplorable condition of their roads for better development.

While making the call in separate interviews with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, they also called for the restoration of power supply to the community.

According to them, the community has suffered successive  governments abandonment for years, even before creation of  the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ebonyi was created in October 1996 from the old Abakaliki division of Enugu State and old Afikpo division of Abia.

Mr Nelson Otu, an indigene of the community residing in Abuja, said that the people of Ibii, an agrarian community, had suffered long years of neglect particularly the bad roads, making their daily survival a difficult task.

Otu said the people depended on proceeds from their farm produce for their livelihoods.

He, however, lamented that Ibii road that traversed the community to Afikpo town and the one that connected it to Akpoha community had been in a deplorable state for many years.

He noted that the bad road network often limited their expected  income from their agriculture produce such as rice, cassava and yam, saying their worst nightmares were during the rainy season.

“So, we are calling on Gov. David Umahi to please come to our aid.

“The major road that connects us to the state is so bad; if not for community effort we would have been cut off completely.

“They should do something. We are an agrarian community and our people are finding it difficult to transport our agricultural products to other areas,” he said.

Mr Kelechi Ability, a Technical Assistant to the Governor on Attitudinal Change, said  that besides bad roads, “the community also suffers from lack of power supply.”

Ability, therefore, called on the community representatives in the National Assembly and state House of Assembly for intervention.

“We call on the state government to intervene in our plights, especially in the area of electricity and road network as we’ve been cut off from our brother communities in the state.

“We make bold to say that since 1999, PDP has never failed any election in our community, but the height of neglect and marginalisation is heartbreaking,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Mr Kingsley Ikoro (PDP-Afikpo North West), had at plenary of the State legislature on Tuesday raised the deplorable nature of the Ibii road and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital road  in his constituency.

The Assemblyman also called for the attention of the State on the roads.

JIN/

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

https://nnn.ng/bad-roads-ibii-community-in-ebonyi-calls-for-governments-intervention/

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