By Mercy Hill
In a quest to support the Anambra State Government on road construction and maintenance, the Youths of Ezi Awka Community in Awka South LGA, Anambra State, have mobilized themselves to fix dilapidated roads in their area by patching and filing up pot holes in the seven villages making up the community. The roads were damaged due to heavy rains.
Fides gathered that the youths raised funds from amongst themselves to purchase sand, stones and asphalt to for the project.
The patching exercise which started last Thursday from Ikolo House, Umudioka, to Ukwu orji, Umuogwali, among others, had youths in their numbers with working tools patching most of the dilapidated roads.
Speaking during an interview with Fides, the Youth Leader, Mr. Obinna Charles Ijomah, said they had decided not to leave the work of road maintenance to government alone, but to contribute their quota as youths who understood the need to help in nation building.
He recalled that Ezi Awka youths had recently mobilized themselves to patch the bad portion of Zik Avenue, Awka, noting their readiness to do more where necessary.
He urged youths to rise to their responsibilities, shun all negative practices and focus their thoughts and energy towards making the state better.
For his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Anambra State on Youth Mobilization, Mr Ossy Onuko, commended the youths for embarking on what he described as a creative mission of ensuring good roads.
He noted that the leadership of the youths in Ezi Awka had done tremendously well to put most of the worn not roads in the community in good shape even without government funding.
Hon. Onuko advised youths in other communities to emulate the gesture of Ezi Awka youths by replicating it in their various communities.