– Say link road now death trap
Residents of Ndiowerre Village, Orlu community in Orlu local government area of Imo State have cried out over the deplorable condition of link roads in the area which according to them have become death traps.
The residents on the platform of Ndiowerre Conceerned Citizens, in a Save Our Soul message addressed to governor Hope Uzodinma, copied to senator Rochas Okorocha and Imo State Ministry of Works, dated January 21,2022,signed by Chief (Dr) Vitalis Nwachukwu and Engr Fred Anugwom as Chairman and Secretary of the group respectively expressed worry that if nothing urgent is done, the entire village may be wiped out by flood.
Recall that the entire village was ravaged by flood on October 26, 2021 resulting in the death of an innocent child who was drowned by the flood while on her way home with his mother and elder brother.
They passionately called on the governor to ensure that the contractor who was engaged by the Rochas Okorocha administration to fix the road which they said is worse now than it was last year returns to site to avoid more deaths and other attendant misfortune that may arise during rainy season.
The letter further states,“May we, with utmost respect and humility inform you that the problem became more aggravated when the contractor who was engaged to rehabilitate the road which runs from Umudioka,through Morning Star Secondary School, Orlu community to Ama Ezie in Umuna, Orlu a neighbouring community graded the entire road, and abandoned it, thereby exposing it to degradation by flood. Hence it collapsed completely and became a death trap.
“We therefore passionately call on, the state government to come to our rescue by compelling the contractor to mobilize to site because if nothing concrete is done urgently to address the situation this dry season, more lives would be lost and unmitigated havoc wrecked on the community as the foundation of most of the houses in the area have caved in.
“Besides, the socio-economic welfare of the residents and indigenes who no longer move freely to transact their lawful businesses will be jeopardized the socio-economic welfare of the residents and indigenes no longer move freely to transact their lawful businesses”.