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Communities worry over flooding


Ethiopia-FloodsIkwuano Communities in Abia State have cried out over the serious havoc wrecked by last week’s heavy downpour, which led to flooding of their roads, forcing vehicles plying Umuahia/Ikot Ekpene axis, to convert their farmlands to bypass.

The residents urged the House of Representatives member, representing Ikwuano/Umuahia Constituency, Chief Sam Onuigbo, to use his position to prevail on the appropriate authority to fix the road and save them from further devastations.

Following their distress call, Onuigbo, had undertaken an inspection visit to the road.

At the worst spots-Ndoro Oboro and Okwe Ukwu, where vehicles were trapped, the lawmaker said his constituents had sustained their cries over the years, lamenting that the perennial palliatives effected by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), did not address the over 60 kilometers federal road.

He disclosed that the repair of the road is accommodated in the 2016 budget but the funds provided could only cater for some palliatives and not comprehensive repair that was recommended.

Onuigbo described the road as strategic and important, because it passes through rich agricultural area of the state, “and now the route from Abia and other northern and southern states of Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Cameroon”, stressing that haulers of cement use the road round the clock.

Chairman of the Ikwuano Local Government, retired Major Emmanuel Awa told Journalists that there are over 17 dead spots between Ikwuano and Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State, saying council workers are always hindered from coming to work whenever there is heavy rains.

Traditional ruler of Ajata Nigu, King Larry Ogbonna, urged the government not to use amateur contractors for the repairs anymore, saying failure to urgently attend to the road would remain a challenge to federal and state governments.

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