BY PRINCELY ONYENWE, IMO
Truth be told, construction work on the Nekede/ Ihiagwa/ Obinze road has stopped at mango bus stop Umuoma Nekede over weeks and the users of this road are suffering and asking the Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma to come to rescue them from the death trap this road has posed.
Our reporters have also spotted the asphalting that stopped at the dust bin area few poles after the FEDPONEK school gate.
Meanwhile, there has been a misleading publication making rounds and painting the government of Imo State and President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light with respect to the Nekede / Ihiagwa / Obinze road.
For clarity sake, the road in question was awarded in PHASES and PHASE-1 has been completed and commissioned while construction work on the next phase (Phase-2) would commence after the rain and subsequently, the last phase as reported.
Speaking with 9News Nigeria in Owerri, the people are eager to witness the completion of Nekede Ihiagwa Obinze road as promised by the shared prosperity government of Hope Uzodinma.
However, Phase-1 has been completed and commissioned while phase-2 projects are to commence in earnest.
Our correspondent in Owerri has reported this story in our various publications stating the actual position of the road.
While speaking with Government Officials charged with the responsibility to effective supervision of Nekede/ Ihiagwa/ Obinze/ road, the Imo government expressed concern about the hardship and pains experienced by the residents and road users.
Having the phase-1 Project completed and commissioned, the government frowned at the Opposition of the government who spread false news about the road.
Imo Government however expressed sadness for the improper and unpatriotic manner people are propagating falsehood that the Nekede / Ihiagwa / Obinze road has not received Government’s attention.
Further stated, the reconstruction arm of the 3R Government has continued to improve on the state of our infrastructure and it would touch every corner”
In a related development, in spite of disturbances arising from the economic downturn occasioned by the Covid – 19 pandemic, Youth restiveness nicknamed, “END SARS PROTESTS” and now the politically motivated insecurity and unrest, in Imo State has been addressed by GOVERNOR Hope Uzodinma.
We gathered that Uzodinma has not rested on his oars or give excuses and justifications.
He went straight to the workshop where Imo was dumped by his predecessors and has continued to up with strategies to confront the dire needs of the state.
For clarification sake on the roads in Imo, it was revealed that this sector yearned for attention for a very long time but suffered huge neglect by successive administrations but Uzodinma’s Midas touch is being felt, currently, like roads in the State are getting a facelift, gradually but steadily.
Civil service: This sector experienced so much decay and was in a near-comatose situation until Gov. Uzodinma arrived. He quickly provided free buses to convey workers to and fro, daily, to ease the burden of transport fare on the workers.
The digitalization of the sector promises great succour to speed up the recovery of the Civil Service in the State.
IGR: Gov. Uzodinma introduced Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy in the state, which aided in plugging all the loopholes through which our common patrimony was being siphoned and this resulted in increased revenue generation monthly.
Youth emancipation: The Governor pioneered an all-encompassing youth empowerment program and currently embarking on a youth-based Agropreneur Programme which is geared towards an Agro -revolution in the state. It is aptly tagged “one man, one farm”.
Security: The issue of security, in Imo State, is one that would have become a national discourse, had Gov. Uzodimma not courageously risen to the occasion to reverse the trend.
You can recall the state of Insecurity that bedevilled the state, though believed to be a politically motivated insecurity, Gov. Hope Uzodimma has refused to allow the lives of Imo people to be used to settle political scores.
He has made far-reaching engagement of the critical stakeholders in the State, and this is yielding fruits and in no distant time, the issue of insecurity in Imo State would have completely been a thing of the past.
That is the magic wand the people have continued to witness in the shared prosperity government led by Hope Uzodinma.
The major interest of the masses is to see good roads where traffic lights can be effective and Nekede/ Ihiagwa/ Obinze road is a challenge to defeat.
9News Nigeria (Owerri)
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