"Imo State House of Assembly Calls for Urgent Rehabilitation of Orsu-Ihiala Road to Enhance Rural Connectivity"

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Anselem Anokwute

Imo State House of Assembly Member for Orsu State Constitutiency Hon. Uche Agabige motion to the governor Senator Hope Uzodimma to mobilize the Ministry of works to the remedial rehabilitation of Orlu, Ihioma, Awo- Idemili to IHIALA Road to ensure the Link of the rural community in Orlu Orsu and part of Anambra State.

According to him, Leveraging on the success of the Imo State Government and security agents in dislodging insurgents in Orsu Local Government Area, restoring back security and life, and banking on the quality of road construction being carried out across the State by the Shared Prosperity administration, the Imo State House Of Assembly has urged the performing Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma to direct the Ministry of Works to carry out palliative rehabilitation on Orlu to Ihiala road through Orsu local government area.

Moving the Motion, the Member Representing Orsu State Constituency , Hon Engr Uche Francis Agabige bemoaned the terrible condition of the Amaifeke/Ihioma/Ebenator/Awo-Idemili road, which he said became worse and impassable due to the unfortunate activities of insurgents that made life unbearable in the local government area. He however expressed gratitude to Governor Uzodimma and security agents for bringing the situation under control by completely ensuring that Orsu came back to life.

Hon Agabige, who is also the House Committee Chairman On Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources said “His Excellency has been in the frontline to see that Orsu comes back to life. Today in Orsu, the people are very happy with Governor Uzodimma and security agents. We are very grateful. However, if life must return completely to an area, there must be a motorable road. Orsu people are traders and farmers, and the need motorable road to move their farm produce and goods”.

The ranking lawmaker reminded the House that Orlu/Amaifeke/Ihioma/Ebenator/Awo-Idemili/Ihiala road, as a federal road, caught the attention of the National Assembly, wherein the House of Representatives called on Federal Agencies such as FEMA and NAMA to carry out thorough reconstruction of the road. He nevertheless argued that while waiting for the federal agencies to commence work, it would be proper for the State government to carry out remedial work to, at least, lessen the suffering of the people, especially as life has gradually been restored in orsu. The vibrant lawmaker therefore beckoned on his colleagues to support his clarion call Motion, by adding their voices.

The Motion which was seconded by Hon Prince Obinna Egu, Member Representing Ngor-Okpala State Constituency, was co-sponsored by Hon Chigozie Nwaneri(Oru-East), Hon Ikenna Ihezuo (Orlu), Hon Johnleoba Iheoha (Ikeduru), Hon Francis Uzoma Osuoha (Ohaji/Egbema), Hon Chisom Ojukwu (Nkwerre) and Hon Obinna Egu (Ngor/Okpala).

Honourable Members who spoke in favour of the Motion include :

Hon Dr Henry Agbasonu, Member Representing Ezinitte Mbaise State Constituency, Hon Barrister Chisom Ojukwu, Member Representing Nkwerre State Constituency, Hon Engr Johnson Duru, Member Representing Ideato State Constituency, Hon Johnleoba Iheoha , Member Representing Ikeduru State Constituency.

Others are Hon James Uba Esile, Member Representing Onuimo State Constituency, Hon Engr Gilbert Chiedozie Nwosu, Member Representing Oguta State Constituency, Hon Barrister Chief Sam Ikechikwu Osuji, Member Representing Isiala Mbano State Constituency.

In their separate submissions in support of the motion, The lawmakers commended the Chief sponsor of the Motion, for moving it at this time that news coming from Orsu is encouraging.

They argued that since the people of Orsu are happily returning home, as security is restored back, the said road should be given remedial facelift, pending when the federal government would embark on major reconstruction.

The lawmakers equally appreciated His Excellency Governor Hope Uzodimma for restoring life back to the local government, describing him as a governor who always take the bull by the horn. They further said that since the governor has stamped his name in people’s mind as one who believes in the construction of durable roads, he should rescue the said road.

Satisfied with substantial contribution to the Motion by lawmakers, the Speaker of Imo State House Of Assembly, Rt Hon Chike Olemgbe, put it to vote and it was unanimously adopted. Thereafter, Mr Speaker Ruled as follows :

“Be It Resolved By This Honourable House To Urge The Governor Of Imo State To Direct The Ministry Of Works To Immediately Carry Out Palliative Work On The Road To Mitigate the Suffering Of the People Of Those Sections Of The Road Namely, Amaifeke/Ihioma/Ebenator/Awo-Idemili pending when FEMA Will Embark On Major Reconstruction On The Road”. The motion reads.

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