Decades after succour finally coming to Nkanu communities, as Ugwuanyi's bulldozers roll in soon

By Sunny Igboanugo on 21/08/2021

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For decades, far as anyone could remember, people in communities of Nkanu East Local Government connected by the Aguidima Aniyi Bridge, had made do somehow with its dilapidated nature, managing to use it as far as ordinary hands in the area could make it.

A wooden affair, constructed as far back as the time the white man was in power in Nigeria under the British colonial rule, the bridge had been of great service as it linked different villages and served as the only link between that part of Enugu State and Ezza a popular community in Ebonyi State.

But recently that luxury also came to a halt, as the bridge collapsed irretrievably with dire consequences for the communities involved and to a large extent other road users within the entire state and beyond.

The bridge, wearied by age and constant repairs, could simply no longer withstand the pressure and had to cave in, especially with the impact of the rains that wore off its roots and base and the nightmare has since set in, with several of the communities being cut off.

Badly hit was Aniyi, an Nkanu community, whose people also belong to the local government, but on the other side of the bridge and direct neighbours to the Ezza community, as that practically ended their physical affinity with the rest of the Nkanu land, because they now have to run circle around many other towns and villages, some outside the state, before doing so.   

But, the nightmare might be ending soon, with the recent visit of Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to the community and his promise to construct not only the bridge, but the Onichagu Road, which is the only motorable facility leading to the bridge.

Ugwuanyi’s intervention followed his visit to the two political heavyweights in the area – Anayo Edeh, a former member of the House of Representatives and Everest Nnaji, a businessman and politician, who contested the Enugu East Senatorial election in 2003.

Edeh, who described Ugwuanyi as a leader with a difference informed of how his visit to the community, twice in a space of five days, could end decades of nightmare the people had been going through, as fulfilling his promises, especially on issues having direct impact on the ordinary people, has become consistent with his government and has become his hallmark in the last six years.

“Our people have been cut off. Those people from Ezza, used to cross the bridge to come to the Eke market in our community. But they can no longer do so since the bridge collapsed. Even the people of Aniyi, who are also Nkanu people, from the Nkanu East Local Government Area, have been completely cut off from their kit and kin. That is how bad it has become.

“Recently, our Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu) visited Nkanu East twice in five days. He came to honour me and my brother, Chief Everest Nnaji (Odengene). During the visits, Governor Ugwuanyi saw and appreciated our level of under-development in Nkanu East. 

“There and then, he decided to take up the construction of the Onitchagu rural road and Aguidima Aniyi Bridge. This is a commendable step that is in tandem with the governor's Rural Infrastructure Development Programme. The Onicha-Agu Road is the only access road that leads to Aguidima Bridge.

“He resolved to help Nkanu East, especially in the area of road construction and development of other infrastructure. It should be noted that development of rural infrastructure  is one of the cardinal programmes of Governor Ugwuanyi 's administration. He has driven this programme with fairness, equity and the required effectiveness,” Edeh, told Whirlwindnews.



Praising the governor, profusely, he added: “Governor Ugwuanyi has been a blessing to Enugu State. Since he mounted the saddle, Enugu has witnessed unprecedented peace, unity and even development. All he requires is the support of all of us to take Enugu to the next level.”

Incidentally, the area in question, has been agitating it is in the best stead to produce the next governor that would succeed the incumbent, a project, which Edeh, himself has been championing alongside many indigenes from its towns and communities.

The lawmaker, enthused that helping them realise the dream would be the icing on the cake, adding that consistent with his knack for fairness, the people of Nkanu East, were actually relying on him to do so, and finally write his name in gold across the pages of history as the man who entrenched equity, justice and fair-play in the state .

Edeh, who goes by the traditional title, Eze Di Na aka Chukwu 11 (kingship is in the hands of God, the second), added: “One more assignment which I believe the governor will handle well, is to produce a successor on the basis of equity, justice and fairness. Once this is accomplished, the governor would go down in history as the leader who entrenched peace, development and fairness in Enugu State. 

Certainly, history and posterity will be kind to Governor Ugwuanyi.”

For now, the lawmaker, may permit himself a drink, especially if the project of reconnecting his people is achieved as promised by the governor. But the real party would be called if eventually, Ugwuanyi helps his people to clinch the number one seat. Because it would amount to the true fulfillment of the axiomatic killing two birds with one stone, in real terms.  




Posted on August, 21 2021

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