Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The lawmaker representing Anaocha 2 State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly Hon. Charles Chukwuma Ezeani has expressed deep concern over the absence of rural roads to connect agricultural areas in his constituency.
Ezeani also expressed worry that the Anambra State Ministry of Works, Road Furniture and Maintenance did not provide details of a certain 500 million naira in the ministry’s budget supposedly meant for the construction of rural roads connecting agric areas even though he said such money was counterpart fund the state government would pay back.
The lawmaker who spoke to journalists shortly after the budget bilateral talk between the committee on works and state ministry of works on Monday at the state assembly complex, said his worry hinged on the fact that only the aforementioned amount was written in the estimate the ministry presented before the committee without details of where and how the five hundred million naira would be deployed to ensure judicious use of the funds.
He however explained that he charged the ministry to provide details of the rural roads the money would be deployed for as it was difficult for people to access farmlands and other agricultural areas due to lack of rural roads.
Ezeani also pointed out that due to erosion and flooding, virtually all the roads in Anaocha 2 state constituency have been devastated. He said his constituents had been crying out calling on the state government to carry out palliatives on the roads to make them motorable. He added that Neni-Ichida-Okaetiti road was strategic to his constituency as it connects other communities including Imo state but the road in question according to him was nothing but to write home about.
The lawmaker further disclosed that other community roads such as Obeledu, Akwaeze and some others need the attention of the state government stressing that the state governor should direct the state commissioner for works to swing into action and attend to roads in his constituency so that farmers can access their farmlands in the area.