Ihedioha and the road to Avu

The other day, I made a quick dash to my home town in Imo state from my base in Lagos to attend to some pressing family matters. From the airport on the outskirts of the state capital, Owerri, to the main town, there’s not much visible facelift on the state of the roads. The Aba-Owerri Road whose expansion had lasted the duration of the previous administration was still not a delight to drive on. Connecting Port Harcourt Road through Emmanuel College was not a pleasure ride either. The roads still wore the marks of the “China” construction of the Okorocha administration.

But this pales into insignificance when compared to the road to the oil-rich and agrarian communities of Ohaji/Egbema. On getting to Avu, a major town to my destination, some few metres to the market square, the road was cut into two making it impossible for motorists and even the residents to cross to the other side of the road. I learnt the collapse was as a result of erosion caused by the blockage of the water channel by the roadside by some fellows. An alternative route to cut off the damaged portion through some uncharted walkway is better experienced than described. But that is the only way out of the quagmire.

Incidentally, the state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, was said to have found his way to the Ohaji/Egbema LGA headquarters in Nmahu some weeks ago, using the same road. How his convoy navigated it, only his minders can tell. Yet, weeks after, nothing was done to save the people from the misery on that portion of the road.

I use this medium to call on the governor to do something urgent on that bad portion at Avu. He has a responsibility to save the people from further agony. That is one road that needs his Rebuild Imo touch!

Dennis Omuruka,


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