Recently, members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, and their Radio, Television and Theatre Workers Union (RATTAWU) counterparts, went on a facility tour of the legacy projects of the Anambra State Government under Governor Willie Obiano.
The projects visited included the Cargo and Passenger Airport in Umueri, as well as the International Conference Centre in Awka.
The airport is indeed a gigantic project which is equipped enough to meet with international standards.
Its size and quality are impressive too and in the country, is said to rank only next to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos in terms of size.
In an interaction later with newsmen, Governor Willie Obiano said he had written to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, for them to commission the airport for commercial flights which is expected to be on October 21.
Also worthy of commendation is the International Conference Centre, Awka, which is also massive and built with great quality, with work still in progress.
The Governor has assured that he would hand over all three legacy projects, including the Awka Township Stadium, to his successor on March 17, 2022, after they must have been completed.
There is no doubt that these are projects to be proud of, no matter the argument one may put up against their propriety or otherwise. The fact is that they have come to stay and will at some point be generating revenue for the state. For this, we wish to commend the Anambra State Government for doggedly pursuing these projects.
However, while we give kudos to the state government for the aforementioned projects, we will not hesitate to draw the attention of the state government to the very poor state of roads in the state, whose condition may cast a slur on the legacy projects if left unattended to.
It is a well-known fact that more people use the roads and therefore would want the roads to be in good condition. These days, many road users are visiting mechanic workshops more often owing to the terrible state of the roads. It is also known that criminals usually waylay their victims on bad portions of roads where they are forced to slow down. This is apart from accidents that bad roads cause.
We therefore urge the Anambra State Government to immediately swing attention to the roads with a view to fixing them once the rains stop from this November.
This is not the time to patch the roads but time to really embark on proper reconstruction in order to ensue they last.
Leaving the people with good quality roads will also form part of the legacies the government will be bequeathing to the people of the state. Failure to fix the roads now will mean that by the next rainy season there may be no road left for the people to use. That is how bad the situation has become.