THE people of Amawbia community, in Awka South Local Government Area, are beckoning on the Anambra State Government to come to their rescue by fixing the deplorable conditions of basic infrastructure in the locality regarded as the heartland of the state capital territory.
Making the clarion call during a session with the press, the chairman of Amawbia Youth Vanguard (AYV), Chukwunenye Nwalusi, lamented the backwardness of the area due to lack of public amenities befitting of the capital city of widely acclaimed Light of the Nation.
Mr. Nwalusi, apparently disgusted, told the media that the present state of affairs simply portrayed the past successive administrations in the state, both military and civilians, as insensitive, negligent and shirking their responsibilities, in view of the gaping dearth of accessible network of roads, pipe-borne drinking water, functional street lights and other essentialities as obtained in other state capitals across the country.
He also decried the abandonment of numerous federal and state governments’ projects in the community, such as the Organic Fertilizer Plant which was incepted during the era of ex-Governor Peter Obi, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Pharmaceutical Laboratory as well as Federal Skills Acquisition Centre, both sited at Agu Amawbia layout, now desolate and covered by thick bushes.
The AYV leader further expressed serious worries over the hardships being encountered by motorists and commuters plying between Amawbia and Awka, Nibo, Umuawulu and other neighbouring communities, describing the situation as very pathetic, nightmarish and sad experience because of current blockage of the ever-busy routes for security reasons.
Elucidating his point, Mr. Nwalusi rued the frequently occurring incidents where old people, schoolchildren and pregnant women fall into pools of flood water and mud, due to slippery nature of virtually all the existing roads in the community, especially along the diversion routes not yet reconstructed or tarred, which prompted for his request for urgent government’s action.
Asked his vision and cardinal objectives for contesting the leadership of the youths’ body, he disclosed that having previously served in various capacities with enviable track of records, he decided to seek the mandate to lead the people to higher pedestal by mobilising their collective potentialities for enduring unity, peace and meaningful development, vowing never to betray the mandate, just as he appreciated them and called for maximum cooperation in the task ahead.
Mr. Nwalusi finally hinted that ongoing campaign against hard drugs, human trafficking, banditry and all forms of criminalities would be intensified under his stewardship, working in collaboration with the Amawbia Town Union (ATU) Central Executive and Eziokwu Bu Ndu Women Wing in moving the community forward while training workshops and skills acquisition programmes would be introduced as a way of gainfully engaging the youths to contribute their quotas to the economic advancement of the town and state, at large.