The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for this week’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has described the state of infrastructure in Anambra as pitiable and below expectations,’ reports Jude Atupulazi.
In a statement made available to the press, Ozigbo said his interest in Anambra State, coupled with the ongoing electioneering, had taken him to virtually all the parts of the state. According to him, in each place he visited he could at once, with the ‘eyes of a development expert’, see what the need of the people were, which, he said, were sadly not attended to by the outgoing APGA government.
Ozigbo, asked why the Atani-Osammala-Ogwuikpere Road was still at the point where Mr. Peter Obi stopped in spite of the fact that what the people along that area needed most was road infrastructure that would enable easy evacuation of their farm produce from the hinterlands to Onitsha.
Ozigbo also expressed surprise that the Umueze-Anam Road that Obi stopped at Mmiata in the hope that his successor would extend it to Anaku, was left untouched.
‘How else does government show such people that they are part of the state?’ Ozigbo asked, while vowing to redress what he called developmental gaps all over the state under Obiano.
Ozigbo who revealed that he set up a small group to look at the state of infrastructure in Anambra in readiness to hit the ground running after inauguration, said their findings showed that Obiano had only done 12% of the projects he inherited from his predecessor, which Ozigbo promised to complete in three years. Ozigbo also lamented that in spite of achieving little on roads, Obiano did not complete one percent of the entire roads he flagged off in the state.
‘He was busy flagging off roads without working on any of them. During his second tenure election, he flagged of roads in almost all the communities in the state but, alas, he could not complete 1% of the roads he started,’ Ozigbo stated in the release.
He also pointed out what he described as the sorry state of water infrastructure in the state. His words, ‘In this 21st century, when water borne diseases are becoming a thing of the past, I regret to observe that major cities in Anambra do not have running water.’
He assured that once elected, he would declare a state of emergency on that area as, according to him, certain things should be considered as not acceptable.’
On the abandoned shopping Mall at Awka and Nnewi, Ozigbo said that all viable but abandoned projects would be given priority by his government.
‘I am happy my deputy is knowledgeable in that regard and would provide us the guidance that we need and cherish,’ he said.