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The Federal Ministry of Works and the House Committee on Appropriation has been mandated by the House of Representatives to include the completion of Onitsha-Atani-Ossomalla-Ogwuikpele-Ndoni Road project, in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state in the 2024 budget estimates.
This directive came during plenary at the floor of the House on Wednesday, the 4th of October, 2023, in response to a motion by the representative of Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Hon. Afam Victor Ogene, which drew attention of the House to the grueling experience of the people on that singular dilapidated road that connects the local government to the rest of the state.
The House also mandated the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to provide palliative measures on the road in the interim, to ease transportation.
The Eastern Updates reports that the resolutions of the House followed a motion brought by Hon. Oghene Egoh.
According to Hon. Oghene, the badly flood-ravaged Ogbaru road is also the shortest route to get into Rivers State from Anambra.
The motion read in parts: (The House) ‘Notes that the Onitsha-Atani-Ossomalla-Ogwuikpele-Ndoni Road, is the only road that connects the 15 communities in Ogbaru Local Government Area/Federal Constituency of Anambra state to the rest of the state, and is the shortest route to Rivers State from Anambra.
‘Concerned that the road is in deplorable condition, making commuting a grueling experience, which is made worse by the yearly flood disaster in the area.
‘Also concerned that the people in Ogbaru Local Government Area/Federal Constituency, who are predominantly farmers, find it extremely difficult to transport their produce to different markets via the dilapidated road, thus impacting their contribution to the nation’s food security.
‘Worried that this important road has become tortuous and treacherous to road users, leading to loss of lives, valuable farm produce, properties and man hours’
It also urged the Federal Ministry of Works and the House Appropriation Committee, to include completion of the Onitsha-Atani-Ossomalla-Ogwuikpele-Ndoni Road Project in the 2024 budget estimates.