Rights group performs mock commissioning of bad roads in Anambra

Rights group performs mock commissioning of bad roads in Anambra

By Alphonssus Nweze

Bad roads in Anambra State have claimed at least nine lives in Onitsha and environs.

Among the victims were a pregnant woman, a 70 year old man whose tricycle was submerged in pool of flood water at Haruna Street. Other victims were about five Keke operators and their passengers whom trailer fell on at Obodo-Ukwu road.

Human Rights Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE) made this allegations Friday when they performed mock commissioning of Obodo-Ukwu and Ede Road in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Leading members of HURIDE to perform the exercise, Dede Uzor A Uzor, who is their chairman said they decided to commission the road which has cut into two since Governor Obiano whose primary duty is to construct the road has forgotten it or was too busy to remember to rehabilitate the road and other roads in the State.
He said Obodo-Ukwu road is strategic to the economic prosperity of the State in the sense that it links Owerri Road with the entire Ogbaru Local Government Area including Harbour industrial estate.
HURIDE boss lamented that the road and other roads in Onitsha and environs have claimed at least nine lives , including at Haruna road, where a pregnant woman and 70 years man died when their tricycle was submerged in a pool of water.
He said ” we learned the Governor is too busy to pay attention to the rehabilitation of the road and others in the State. That is to say that he is too busy to govern. So we are helping him to commission some of these bad roads, so that any time he wakes up from slumber, he can come and do the road”
Dede Uzor said Haruna Street is so strategic because it links Main Market, the biggest market in West Africa with the Western flank.
The group threatened that after 14 days and there was no action by the Governor, they would not hesitate to mobilise human right community and other Progressive minded people to occupy the road until something drastic is done.
In his own speech, Comrade Ekene Nnadi, chairman, Campaign for Democracy (CD) in the State called on the House of Assembly to initiate impeachment process against Governor Willie Obiano for failing in his constitutional duties, lamenting however that the House is a mere rubber stamp.

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