Anambra legislator tasks contractors on project completion
MEMBER of the 7th Assembly, Anambra State has urged Governor Willie Obiano to direct the commissioner for works to call “Stefanuti Stocks Hape Co”, a South African company back to site on Amansea-Ndiukwuenu-Awa-Ufuma road.
Chief sponsor of the motion, Deputy Majority Leader and member, representing Orumba North Constituency, Emeka Aforka alongside 11 other legislators sponsored the motion which was seconded by Majority leader, Nnamdi G. Okofo,r Awka South 1 representative.
Leading the debate, Aforka said, “the road is yet to be completed for the past five years of commencement and the pitiable state of the road endangers the lives of motorists and commuters who ply the road.
He added that the aforementioned road has three link bridges, which two amongst them have been completed while one at the Okpeze-Amaetiti axis is yet undone.
Expressing his worries, Aforka noted, “untold hardship and great inconvenience have led to loss of huge productive hours on a daily basis. Conscious of the fact that social infrastructure are among the 12 enabling pillars of the four cardinal objectives of the present administration ably led by Governor Willie Obiano. Cognizant of the provisions of section 15(3)a of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which entrusts the state with the responsibility of providing adequate facilities so as to encourage free mobility of people, goods and services throughout the federation”.
Expressing his displeasure, Aforka submitted, “the construction started with a massive energy and huge amount of money released by Governor Obiano to the contractor after which work commenced impressively and speedily. It is very worrisome and heart breaking today when you visit the road. The entire people of Orumba and Aguata Local Government and environs who use that road are suffering. Surprisingly, the contractors decided to abandon it. It is also very unfortunate that every raining season, the Ufuma-Awa axis and its entire road is being cut off with a lot of gully erosion. Those who are farmers are being hindered. They cannot convey their crops to market places. Let the commissioner for works call the contractor back to site to save our people”.
Other lawmakers in their separate submissions frowned at the bad state of the road. Member, representing Awka North Constituency, John Nwaokoye and member, representing Aguata 2 Constituency, Okechukwu Okoye, who also co-sponsored the motion, were unanimous in supporting the motion, “if this road is properly constructed, it will improve the economic activities of the constituencies and the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state. The road needs urgent attention. It is quit touching to leave those people in that bad condition”.
Member, representing Aguata 2 Constituency, Carter Nnamdi Umeh, Member, representingAnaocha 1 Constituency and Deputy Minority Leader, Ebele Ejiofor berated the contractor for abandoning their work. “This road, if completed, will be the shortest link from that axis to Enugu State. We need to know the reason why the contractor stopped.”
Chairman, House Committee on Works and Member representing Njikoka 1 constituency, Tim Ifedioramma, while supporting the motion, said he had visited the site in the sixth Assembly during oversight function. “All the contractors were invited and discussions were made and parts of the problems were based on logistics. I have met with the Commissioner for Works and part of what we discussed was on how to invite all the contractors and know exactly what the situation is. We will do a lot of legislative engineering and check mate this kind of issue from arising again.