WRITTEN BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH
People of Achina in Aguata Council Area have appealed to the State Government to prevail on the contractor handling the Achina-Oneh-Agbudu-Ogboji road to return to site to save the road from the threat of a major gully erosion.
The seven point kilometer road which cuts across five major agrarian communities in the area, was flagged off earlier in the life of the present administration in line with its continuity stance and has had its first tranche of mobilization cost paid by the Obiano administration.
However, a visit to the site reflected an abandoned project as there was no activity going on, with the drainage system covering about two kilometer done initially almost lying on the road due to erosion.
Economic activities along the road which also leads to the ongoing Peter University Project of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, was also in skeletal form as households and shops were totally inaccessible due to an impending gully arising from improper termination of flood water into a nearby Ezekoro stream.
For some residents along the road including Chief Godwin Mbachu and Mrs Celestina Ozugbo, if nothing is done urgently on the road before the next rain sets in, a major disaster may occur in the community as they do not have any other place to run to.
The Vice-president of Achina Town Union, Mr Henry Ezeuñara who is also the APGA Legal Adviser, Aguata Council Area, noted that some homesteads have already been cut off from the rest of their families and have to go through Oneh, Ogboji, Aguluezechukwu, Ekwulobia, Nkpologwu and Akpo, to reconnect with their people and noted that construction of the road will give APGA firm root in the affected communities.
The President-General of the Town, Chief Chito Ezeani who expressed worry that the good gesture of Governor Willie Obiano in adopting the project is being cajoled by the contractor's inability to show seriousness towards the project said when completed, the road will not only improve the face of infrastructure in the area but also give impetus to the Agric revolution initiative of the present administration by ensuring easy evacuation of farm produce from the agrarian communities.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Godwin Obiora said if the present administration comes to their aid immediately and ensures the speedy completion of the road, it would have written its name in gold in the annals of the community's history.