By Ononye VC
Protests rocked some communities in Ogbaru Local Government of Anambra State on Wednesday as men,women and children trooped out to the roads to demand completion of the Atani- Osomala- Obeagwe- Oguikpele Road which has been under construction but yet to be completed for decades.
The fear of the communities affected by the poor state of the road is that the state of the road could get worse as the rainy season approaches.
Members of Obeagwe community lamented that due to the poor state of the road,They have not been able to evacuate their farm produce to the market due to high cost of transportation leading to loss of huge farm produce and finance.
They also complained of lack of amenities like portable water,electricity and poor health care.
They pointed out that if the contractor handling the work was diligent enough and completed the remaining portion of the road,It would have been the nearest way to travel to Ndoni,Rivers State.
The Justice,Development,Peace and Caritas Commission (JDPC)has been on advocacy mission to ensure completion of the road.
Officials of the JDPC and the media who were on ground during the protest,were shown abandoned road construction equipment like caterpillars and water tankers said to belong to Inter Bau Construction Company.
However,a reliable source among the protesters alleged that the construction company (Inter Bau) was relieved of the contract by the federal government and rewarded to another construction company said to have link with a powerful Ogbaru indigene whose name was not disclosed.
It was the same story at Amiyi Community.The placard carrying members of the community protested the poor condition of Amiyi-Umuzu road.They were led by their President General,Hon Nwanze Afubera.
Afubera lamented that inspite of the huge cassava and rice farm in their communities, those in authority did not seem it fit to boost their efforts by constructing good roads for the community to enable them transport their farm produce for sale.
The JDPC team was led by their Programme Manager,Mr Alphonsus Nwoye and Princess Cynthia Enweonwu-Arinze.
Meanwhile, the JDPC has successfully secured a court conviction against some landlords in Omagba,Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State over channeling of human waste from their septic tanks inside public drain.
The stench had caused a major uproar in Omagba community which attracted attention of the JDPC which saw it as a major threat to lives of the people.
The JDPC Archdiocese of Onitsha led by its Executive Director,Rev Fr Edwin Udoye,waded into the matter by mobilising all concerned including the state Commissioner for Health and local government health/Sanitary inspectors who took the matter to court.
The court recently handed down it’s verdict by sanctioning the landlords and ordering them to re-channel their human was appropriately.
Reacting,Rev Fr Udoye said he was happy that Justice has been done just as the recalcitrant landlords have learnt their lessons.
By Ononye VC