IKENGA community members in Aguata Local Government Area have called on Anambra State Government to come to their rescue by constructing the Igboukwu-Ikenga-Ezinifite-Ekwulobia Prison Road, saying that their town remains the only one without a single tarred road in the LGA.
The appeal was made during the 25 years of priestly ordination anniversary of Rev. Fr. Peter Okechukwu Nwankwo at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Ikenga.
Speaking during the anniversary, the Chairman Organizing Committee and Executive Assistant to Governor Obiano, Ikechukwu Aniakor lamented that apart from the present administration, the community had never enjoyed democracy dividends compared to the neighboring towns.
“There is no single tarred road in this community. I am the first state government appointee from this community. Ikenga community has been neglected by past administrations.
“Although, there is hope that work may soon begin on this major road. After the pastoral visit of Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, our bishop contacted Governor Obiano who directed the state Ministry of Works to come and map the road”, Aniakor said.
Moreover, the celebrant, Rev. Fr. Nwankwo said that since his posting to serve God at Ikenga on October 1, 2017, it had not been easy because he met a town ridden with over 12 years crisis but thanked God that the community has decided to embrace peace and settle every pending case out of court.
“When I came to Ikenga last two years, the community was in crises and has been in court for the last 12 years but I obtained permission to reconcile the community members out of court. We called for Ikenga peace summit and aggrieved parties have agreed to embrace peace.
“By God’s grace both spiritual and physical development is coming up gradually. We renovated the priests house and we are about completing a new multi-million naira church building, this was only possible because unity has returned to the community.
“There is no government presence here. We hope that our bishop’s pastoral visit will soon pay off .We plead with government to come and help Ikenga people because they are suffering. During the rainy season, you cannot pass this road. I also thank Ikenga people for embracing peace and celebrating with me”, said Fr. Nwankwo.
Meanwhile, the trio of Benedict Nwachukwu (Catechist), Sunday Ugochukwu Okafor(CKC Zone chairman) and Mark-William Onyejizu, in their separate speeches, described Fr. Nwankwo as a God-sent, peace maker, achiever, and a builder who came not just to preach the good news but affect Ikenga community positively.
Fr. Nwankwo who hails from Nanka , Orumba North was described as a transparent developer with administrative acumen, sense of fairness, humility and a man of valor and prowess and wished him many more fruitful years in the Lord’s vineyard.