Women in Umudibia Nekede Autonomous community, Owerri West Council Area of Imo State have vowed to protest naked if the state government fails to repair the dilapidated Nekede-Ihiagwa roads which have become a nightmare to residents of the community.
Just as the state government has directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to press on the bank that guaranteed mobilization fee to the contractor handling the Nekede/Ihiagwa road that has become an eyesore with the rains to refund the mobilization fee without further delay.
The women said the road which leads to the two Federal institutions, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri including a police college has become a source of suffering to parents, students, and motorists as “it is now impassable.”
According to a woman leader in the community, Mrs. Ifeanyiwa Martin the road has turned to a death trap as people constantly fall into the gutters covered by the mud each time it rains.
“It is also difficult for us to drive through the muddy water or take our children to school. No vehicle or human being that passes the road without sinking,” she told the Nation.
However, the state Governor Hope Uzodimma has directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to commence a process of recovering the mobilization fee given to the contractor handling the road.
Rising from the weekly Executive Council (EXCO) meeting presided over by Governor Uzodimma, the government directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to press on the bank that guaranteed mobilization fee to the contractor handling the Nekede/Ihiagwa road to refund the mobilization fee without further delay.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba, assured that as soon as the rain is over the government will re-award the contract for the construction of the said road to a competent firm.
Adding his voice to the briefing, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Chuck Chuckemeka said that the contract for the Nekede/Ihiagwa road was not an initiative of the current government, but that of the previous government.
He said now that the contractor has failed the people after collecting mobilization fee of N1.4 billion, the government has directed that the mobilization fee be refunded to enable her re-award the contract to a more competent and responsible contractor.