By Adeleye Kunle
Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has inaugurated a 1.7-kilometre road in the Umuoji community of Idemili North Local Government Area.
The road was built by a private individual, Chief Val Onwumelu, a son of the community.
Soludo, who inaugurated the road, urged other well-meaning individuals in the community to adopt roads and contribute their quota to the development of infrastructure in the state.
He also assured that over 60 kilometres of roads would be flagged off at the weekend, adding that as the dry season sets in, massive road construction works would commence.
The governor recalled how Neni community adopted a model, which the Governor described as the Anambra spirit, by constructing roads through community and individual efforts.
He said: “The Tonimas experience is an example. Umuoji and Anambra, if you know the much you can do, please do.
“We have come to celebrate that community spirit that distinguishes Anambra from the rest. I promised Ndi Anambra that there will be a difference, that I will account for the limited resources, to affect the poorest of the poor and downtrodden.
“We have entered ’ember’ months and Anambra will become a massive construction site. As for the Inland door road, we declare state of emergency on it. I’ve told the Commissioner for Works that this week, they must begin to mobilize there. Whatever is needed to mobilize, we will provide.
“We have come to break a long standing jinx at the famous Mmili John where whenever it rains, the flood occupies the road, such that commuters can’t differentiate the river from
the road. The solution is here. We have come and the Mmili John problem will be done with.”
“The first time we came to Idemili was at Oba, to flag-off the building of the concentrated drug center. The next is this Mmili John. We were told that it may cut at any time.
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