Decongestion of Oko-Umunze Road, Flood: Lawmakers Task Obiano

By Abuchi Onwumelu

Sequel to a motion sponsored by the member representing Njikoka II State Constituency and the Chairman, House Committee on Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Honourable Chief Pete Ibida, the Anambra State House of Assembly, has passed a resolution urging Governor Willie Obiano to direct the Ministry of Environment to encourage landlords in the state to construct covered catchment pits in their premises to minimize heavy flooding on the roads.

Hon. Dr. Sir Ibida moved the motion during last Tuesday’s plenary. Fides reports that it was based on Section Twenty of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which provided that the protection and improvement of the environment was a fundamental objective of the state

The Lawmaker lamented that landlords built water channels from their compounds, emptying the water into the roads, thereby causing devastation on roads, houses and farmlands.

In their contributions, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Okechukwu Okoye; and member representing Aguata II State Constituency, his Anambra East and

Idemili South Constituencies counterparts, Hon. Obinna Emeneka and Hon. Chuka Ezenwune respectively, spoke in favour of the motion.

The Deputy Speaker, Dr. Paschal Agbodike who presided over the plenary, added that the resolution if implemented would arrest the devastating effects of heavy flooding in the state.

Also at plenary, the House passed another resolution urging Governor Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Transport and Anambra State Traffic Management Agency to urgently decongest the Oko-Umunze Road, particularly around the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, as well as direct public transporters to use the Orumba North Local Government public park to avoid loading along the road.

The member representing Orumba North Constituency, Hon. Chief Emeka Aforka, who sponsored the motion, explained that there would be free flow of traffic for motorists and pedestrians if the road was decongested.

In their contributions, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Honourable Okechukwu Okoye, and his Nnewi North Constituency counterpart, Hon. Nonso Okafor, noted that if the road was decongested, it would reduce the rate of accidents.

The member representing Anaocha I Constituency, Hon. Ebele Ejiofor and his Aguata I counterpart, Hon. Carter Dike Nnamdi Umeh, also stressed the need for the Executive Arm of government to do the needful.

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