ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Works and Housing to urgently reconstruct, complete and rehabilitate all dilapidated federal roads in Anambra State.
The roads include: Onitsha –Enugu expressway, Onitsha – Aguleri – Adani road, Onitsha – Ihiala road, Nnobi – Ekwulobia – Oko – Ibuta road, Amawbia – Agulu- Ekwulobia – Uga road; Ihiala – Iseke – Orlu road; Oba – Nnewi – Okigwe road; Okija – Ihiala – Uli – Egbema road; Onitsha – Odekpe – Atani – Osomala – Ogwuikpele road; Nkpor – Nnobi road; Nnobi – Nnewi – Ozubulu – Okija road; and Otuocha – Ibaji – Nzam – Innoma – Iheaka road.
Chief sponsor of the motion, member representing Njikoka 1 Constituency, Tim Ifedioramma, moved the motion and was seconded by the Deputy Speaker and member, representing Ihiala 2 Constituency, Pascal Agbodike.
Leading the debate, Chairman, House Committee on Works, Ifedioramma, stated that Anambra State is strategically located in Nigeria’s geographical map, being bounded to the east by Enugu State; to the west by Delta State; to the south by Imo and Rivers States, to the north by Kogi State, thereby serving as major entry and exit points to the South-east, South-south, North-central geopolitical zones respectively.”
He further stated that Anambra State is a major commercial hub in the country, as it hosts the largest market in West Africa, as well as numerous manufacturing industries with equally densely populated cities like Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Ekwulobia, Ihiala and more.
“The strategic position and dense population of Anambra State necessitate frequent vehicular, commodity and human movements, thereby, occasioning recurrent dilapidation of federal.
Citing section 15(3) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which provides for the purposes of promoting national integration, it shall be the duty of the state to provide adequate facilities for the free mobility of goods and services throughout the federation, a very crucial fundamental objective of the state that is currently being threatened by the very poor state of these aforementioned federal roads.
“An urgent reconstruction, completion and rehabilitation of these dilapidated federal roads will not only compliment the efforts of Anambra State Government but also boost local production, as well as attract foreign, local investments to the state.
“This motion is an SOS (save our soul) message, given the appalling situation that obtains presently. We need an urgent intervention. Both the past and present administrations have spent huge amount of money on some of these roads without reimbursement. This is a fundamental issue that requires urgent attention.” Ifedioramma submitted.