…as lawmaker laments poor state of roads in Ihiala
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Anambra State government has assured that the Amansea Bridge is safe for traffic and not collapsing as rumoured by some road users recently.
The Commissioner for Works, Engineer Marcel Ifejiofor, gave the assurance shortly after inspecting the bridge in Amansea Awka-North local government area of the state on Monday.
The Commissioner said they were at the bridge to inspect it following a report they received that the bridge was sinking into the river.
He was accompanied by the Managing Director Anambra state Material Testing Laboratory, the Chairman Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency, Engineer Emeka Okoye, as well as the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Mr. Emeka Ohuoha, and directors in the ministry.
Engineer Ifejiofor added that the bridge was still very strong, urging the public to continue to use the bridge as he said there was no cause for alarm.
He however said that the Material Testing Laboratory would carry our integrity test on the bridge after which the Ministry of Works would give conclusion report on the issue.
Meanwhile, Barrister Chidi Livinus Udemadu, the lawmaker representing Ihiala one state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly has said that Ihiala town has the worst network of roads in Anambra state.
The legislator whose constituency comprises Uli, Amorka and Ihiala town respectively stressed the urgent need for the executive arm of the government to expedite actions on the deplorable state of roads in his constituency to ameliorate the plights of his constituents.
Udemadu who noted the poor state of roads in his constituency to newsmen at St. Martin Catholic Church playground Odoata Ihiala, maintained that no single road existed in Ihiala and that it was an unfortunate development that such fate befell his constituency.
The lawmaker who incidentally functions as the Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Public Utilities, further berated the condition of roads in Ihiala, mentioning bank road and some others as flashpoints of deplorable roads in his constituency while calling on the state government to alleviate the sufferings of his people occasioned by the sorry state of the roads.