Unlike in the past when they were always thrown into nightmare whenever the rainy season was approaching, the people of Ogwuaniocha community in Ogbaru local government of Anambra State are awaiting the coming rainy season with excitement.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano has ended the nightmare they have always passed through for several decades by building a road that now traverses the entire community, linking the community with other major towns, especially, Onitsha, the state’s commercial hub.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Oliver Nnaji spoke to newsmen who were in the riverine community to monitor the progress of work on the road project awarded by Governor Obiano shortly after his first tenure took off in 2014, saying that the road was the only government road network in his domain.
He said that for several decades the people are gripped with fear each time the rainy season was approaching because of the challenges they face in traveling from their town to other places, especially moving their agricultural produce to major commercial areas like Onitsha due to lack of access road as everywhere in his domain was normally flooded.
“In fact, everybody in my community is happy and grateful to His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano for wiping our tears by remembering us with this road. We have promised that we shall support his government in any area he will need our support because of this road he gave to our people”, Igwe Nnaji stated.
Also speaking, the chief executive of the firm handling the road project, Chief Tony Madi, stated that although the project was earlier scheduled to be completed within three years, his firm could not meet the deadline due to some technical hitches and damages encountered during the rainy seasons due to the topography of the area.
He also stated that the construction of the road did not start after it was flagged off in 2014 until 2015 because they had to wait for the perfection of the contract agreement.