A group of youth under the umbrella of an undisclosed civic organisation has mockingly commissioned the Obodo-Ukwu Road in Okpoko, Onitsha, Anambra State, in a symbolic act that is set to send the right message not only to the local government area chairperson and state governor, but also indigent population of the State that the youths are no longer going to be cajoled into turning a blind eye on the lukewarm attitude to good governance by their own local administrators and only concentrating on blaming other regions or tribes or the federal government for every of their problems.
Road networks are one of the greatest challenges facing communities in the south eastern part of the country because the soils are prone to serious erosion. This means that roads built in this part of the country need to take cognizance of the nature of the environment and take necessary quality specifications while also ensuring consistent maintenance and repairs.
The Anambra State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, has done a lot in this regard, but there are still plenty to do as most parts of the State roads are affected by erosion and poor drainage system. As we reported last week, the State chapter of NEWMAP commenced distribution of special seedlings to communities in the state. They were of two kinds. The one is to improve soil firmness and reduce erosion while the other are food crops that will enhance food production.
The youths were apparently furious with the State governor, Willie Obiano, saying he is a failure.
The pictures are going viral on social media and many citizens are applauding the gesture.
Many observers have wondered why youths from the south eastern part of the country seldom condemn poor governance within the geopolitical zone while always fixated on federal government and even supporting the proscribed group called the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, just to spite the federal government and its supporters. This gesture, some say, if sustained, will put leaders within the south east, under pressure and make them perform better.
In a related development, a group has emerged from among nd’Igbo by the name Igbos for a Progressive Nigeria, IPAN, who are supporters of the State of Nigeria and encourage fellow citizens to get involved in making a progressive contribution towards making the country a better place for all citizens. This is another commendable move by the youths from the South East.