…Says no presence of amenities in the area
By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA — Ahuwa-Oboro community in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State has lamented neglect by the government, saying that the community lacks all amenities that make life worth living such as electricity, water, roads, health facilities and good schools. More worrisome to the community is lack of access roads to evacuate their farm produce to the urban communities.
According to the President-General of Ahuwa-Oboro community, Engr. James Uchegbuo, the absence of electricity, access road, potable water and other basic amenities in the community has inflicted a lot of hardship on the people of the area. Uchegbuo explained the former governor of the state awarded electricity contract to one of their sons, but lamented that funds were not released to complete the electricity project.
The absence of electricity, Uchegbuo said, posed a big problem to the community, especially artisans, who are mainly youths engaged in trades such as vulcanizers, barbers, welders, as well as people engaged in small and medium enterprises.
He also lamented the high rate of child/mother mortality in the community because of no functional health centre. According to him, the one sited in the community was yet to be completed even when it was taken over by the government under Local Government- Assisted project arrangement.
Uchegbuo expressed disappointment that a community with 18 villages would exist without a functional primary health care centre in a state whose government has healthcare as one of its major agenda.
In their remarks, also, Mr. Simeon Awazie, the Secretary- General of the community, Elder Sunday Nwaubani, member, Council of Elders and Mr. Sylvanus Ojukwu, all lamented the state of the community’s primary school which they said was not a conducive environment for the children to study.
Also in their remarks, the Chairman Umuagwu village, Engr. Morgan Azor as well as the youth and women leaders, lamented that the nearest primary health care center is at Umuigu autonomous community, a distance of about seven kilometres from Ahuwa-Oboro, a situation that has caused them avoidable deaths.
They, therefore, called on the Abia State Government to rescue them from the hardship they go through to access amenities.