Reprieve has come for the agrarian community of Isinweke in Ihitte Uboma local government area of Imo state as the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has flagged off the construction of 5.2 billion naira 16.7 kilometer Isinweke-Onicha Uboma- Imo river road which has remained dilapidated for the past 30 years.
While flagging off the commencement of the road project on behalf of the Federal Government in Isinweke- Akata community in Ihitte Uboma, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; Honorable Emeka Ihedioha in company of the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission; Chris Oboh said the road project is part of the NDDC regional project in promoting rural development in the Niger Delta, that the importance of the road when completed cannot be over-emphasized especially due to the many agricultural potentials of the Ihitte Uboma people as the food basket of the state and when completed, will go a long way to enhance the easy transportation of agricultural products and food products from Ihitte Uboma to other parts of the states and other south east states as the road remains a major link to Abia and Enugu states.
Ihitte Uboma local government area of Imo state is known to be one of the food basket of Imo state with its rich cultivation and production of cash and food crops like rice, cassava palm oil amongst others.
One major problem faced by the people of the area over the years is that of bad roads which has deterred the people from transporting most of their agricultural products within and outside the state. Indigenes of the area lamented severally over the bad state of the road which has remained like that for many years running.
However, their plea might have gotten to the appropriate authorities, as the Federal Government through the NDDC approved 5.2 billion for the commencement of road construction.
While addressing the people of the community, the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives; Honorable Emeka Ihedioha commended the Federal Government and the NDDC for their decision to take on the project in a time like this.
He said further that the road project will promote the economic activities in the area as well as provide job opportunities for unemployed youths in the area. He called on the people to cooperate with the contractors in order to speed up the road project since the contractors have been mobilized.
Indigenes of the area noted that the road project will go a long way to enhance the standard of living of the people living in the area; they however thanked the Federal Government and the NDDC for the good gesture of remembering the people of the area.
The 16.7 kilometer road which is expected to be completed within 3 years will have 4 bridges and 6 culverts and it is hoped that after completion, it will facilitate the easy transportation of food and agricultural products between Imo, Abia and Enugu states.