By Abuchi Onwumelu
The member representing Anambra West in the State House of Assembly, Honourable Sir Patrick Udoba, has lamented the deplorable condition of most federal roads in the state, especially the Oromaetiti -Kogi Road.
Speaking to journalists at the State Assembly complex, the lawmaker urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Federal Ministry of Works and other concerned agencies to expedite action on the rehabilitation and completion of the deplorable roads to save what he described as untold hardship his constituents, the people of state and neighbouring states passed through on daily basis.
Hon. Udoba who is the Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, noted that most federal roads in the state were on the verge of collapse, noting that accidents on those had claimed many lives.
Some of the roads the legislator enumerated and described as deathtrap included, the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Express Road, mostly at Awkwuzu; Odomodu Axis; Onitsha Owerri Road; Umuoji Onitsha Road; Onitsha to Ayamelum, and Oromaetiti to kogi Roads.
Udoba enjoined the president to come to their aid, explaining that people passing through Anambra West roads could get to Abuja within two hours. He noted that Igala and kogi were their neighbours, adding that there was need for urgent intervention on the said roads.
The lawmaker who described Anambra West as the food basket of the state, stressed the importance of having the federal budget on a yearly basis on the said road for its completion.
He also disclosed that the members at the State House of Assembly had moved several motions to that effect, with all members agreeing. He appealed to Mr President to give them listening ears and rehabilitate the roads to ease difficulty encountered road users.
Hon. Udoba, a member of House Committee on IGR, expressed readiness in helping the board and the government to raise internally generated revenue for the state government, as well as closing all the channels and stop those he described as cabals diverting the state’s IGR into their personal pockets.
He urged shop owners and the citizenry to ensure they paid taxes and levies to genuine government agents, even as he promised to facilitate making laws that would bring offenders to book. He assured that nobody would eat money belonging to the state government and go scot free.
He promised to help decongest the state roads for easy vehicular and human movement and further promised his constituents quality representation.