Oduke residents send SOS to Obiano on flooding disaster

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NKEM Okeke,
Okeke

ODUKE Layout Landlords Association, Obosi Idemili North Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra has sent a “save-our-soul (SOS),’’ message to Governor Willie Obiano over deplorable condition of their environment and roads.

Conducting newsmen round the area, Nicholas Okechukwu, president-general, PG, of the association, said their people were excited when Obiano awarded and mobilised Tamad Construction Company to work on the road.

Okechukwu said the work, which started in October 2017 was suddenly stopped in December, a month after the Nov. 18 election, thereby, dampening the enthusiasm of the people.

He said, the pain of it all was that the Tamad Company dumped heaps of sand on both sides of the road, damaged the only drainage system constructed through communal effort.

The drainage, he noted, was being used to channel water to Idemili River, which had not been flowing because of clogging; water and wastes from Owerriaja and Awada Police station were discharged to the channel restricting free-flow of water.

“Igwe Nwakobi road” as it’s called, is a major road connecting residents to Eze Iweka and Owerri roads.

“The 2 kilometre road when completed will link Onitsha/Owerri road and Electricity Parts Markets.’’

Okechukwu told newsmen, that the “Igwe Nwakobi road’’ currently flooded, had forced some of the landlords, tenants and establishments to pack their cars outside their residential areas and environs, to stem deaths that previously occurred in the area.

He said, landlords, had petitioned Obiano through PG and Okechukwu Alogburu, the secretary, lamented untold hardships they suffer during rainy season; homes were sometimes lost as a result.

Chidibe Ogbuagu, a landlord and his colleagues, Mandela Ibenwa and a resident, Emmanuel Nnebedum bemoaned their losses in the area, and pleaded with the governor to come to their aid.

– Feb.  27, 2018 @ 16:55 GMT |

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