Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Ejiofor Ebele Leonard, the lawmaker representing Anaocha 1 state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, has said that his constituents may celebrate Christmas with bad roads if urgent proactive remedial actions were not taken to save his people from incessant deaths resulting from the deplorable conditions of roads in the constituency.
Ejiofor who disclosed the pitiable conditions of roads in his constituency while presenting a motion calling on Governor Willie Obiano to direct the state commissioner for works as well as the Managing Director Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency to as a matter of urgent public importance deploy men and materials to rehabilitate the failed portions of Nneogidi-Agulu-Nise road, Nwachi-Agulu by-pass, Obeledu road and Nwagu-Agulu junction, said that the bad roads in the area were killing his constituents in their numbers and therefore required urgent attention so that his constituents wouldn’t celebrate the Yuletide festivities with the poor conditions of the roads.
He said while presenting the motion, “Concerned that the bad state of the roads bring untold hardships to drivers and other road users who exhaut productive man hours on daily basis while trying to get to their destinations, grief over the loss of human lives owing to accidents on these bad roads and also the loss of valuable properties to miscreants, criminals and social deviants who take advantage of the dilapidated roads to molest and harass unsuspecting members of the public.
“I have witnessed accidents on two occasions on failed portions of the roads. Two Okada riders collided and up till now, they are still in the hospital. There was also the issue of a bus that fell into a ditch at night with the driver and passengers sustaining various degrees of injuries because of the bad portions of the roads.”
The lawmaker however posited that he was convinced that the rehabilitation of the roads would facilitate easy flow of traffic within the constituency especially as the Yuletide festivities gather momentum.
He also said that rural communites would benefit tremendously from the socio-economic impact of rehabilitating the roads and equally reduce the rate of banditry and fatalities on the roads.