By Ifeoma Aka
Enugu, Aug. 6, 2020 Indigenes of Ibute-Nze in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State have lamented the lack of government presence in their community.
Our correspondent who visited the area on Thursday reports that access road, which was critical to rural development, was visibly lacking in Ibute-Nze Autonomous Community.
The road that leads to the agrarian community of Ibute-Nze was neither tarred nor motorable, thereby causing untold hardship to the indigenes of the area.
A journey of less than an hour from Enugu Urban to Ibute-Nze, now takes more than three hours due to the bad nature of the road in the community.
Residents of the area who spoke with NAN, complained bitterly about their inability to take their farm produce to the Enugu Urban due to bad road, which they said had led to wastages of their farm produce.
An indigene of the community, Mr Leonard Okolo, lamented that the inaccessible road had made many of them to produce below their capacity as they were unable to go to their farm settlement due to bad road.
Okolo added that the only bridge in Ibute-Nze, which collapsed many years ago had not been re-constructed to ease their suffering, in spite of numerous appeals to the state and local governments.
A former Councillor in the area, Mr Okwudili Ani, revealed that he tried his best possible to ensure that the road was tarred when he was in the legislative House but regretted that his efforts did not yield the desired result.
A member of the traditional ruler’s cabinet in the community, Mr Gerald Udegbe, appealed to the state government to construct access road to the community to enable them to enjoy the dividend of democracy.
Udegbe regretted that no son or daughter of Ibute-Nze had benefitted from political appointment since the return of democracy in the state.
He noted that this was in spite of contributions of the community to the overall development of Enugu state.
On his part, the President-General of the community, Mr Wisdom Obodo, emphasised the need to re-construct roads linking the neighbouring communities.
Obodo stressed that the link roads, when re-constructed would go a long way in ensuring that they achieved self sufficient in food production agenda of the current administration.
The Governorship candidate of Fresh party in the 2019 general election, Mrs Nnenna Anozie, called on the state government to consider the community in the scheme of things.
Anozie said that the community should be highly remembered in terms of infrastructural development, noting that the people were only remembered during campaigns.