New road: We’ll give you massive support in 2025, Awka North residents assure Soludo


By Obinna Odogwu

Residents of Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State have commended Governor Chukwuma Soludo for constructing the Amansea – Ebenebe – Ugbenu – Ugbene – Awba Ofemmili Road.

Before its construction, the road was terribly dilapidated and impassable. Residents of that part of the LGA, especially the people of Ugbenu and Awba Ofemmili communities lamented that they found it very difficult to move from one point to another using vehicles.

The people conveyed their commendations to the governor at the weekend during a roadshow on the newly constructed road tagged ‘Walk for Healthy Living with Nonye Soludo’ which took off from Okolo/Ezike Junction in Awba-Ofemmili.

The Transition Committee Chairman of the LGA, ThankGod Anago, commended the governor for constructing the road which he said covers 26.5km, saying that it used to take about four hours to get to Awba Ofemmili from Awka, the state capital.

“But today, it is about 16 minutes. This is a promise kept by Mr Governor. This road done in Awka North by Mr Governor is indirectly making millionaires in Awka North.

“This last Christmas, the people of Awba Ofemmili community sold their rice in large quantities. There rice called Awba Mass is one of the best local rice in Nigeria and it’s selling like sugar cane”, Anago said.

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The member representing Awka North Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Chimezie Ikwunne, said that he was excited about the new road.

“Prof. Soludo has kept to his words. During his campaigns, each time he mentioned three Local Government Areas he was passionate about, Awka North comes first, Ogbaru and Ayamelum. And his campaign flag off was here.

“He told us that as soon as he takes office, in less than seven months in office, he’d start work here. And today, the road has been completed. So, we are very happy and we’ll give him our votes”, Ikwunne stated.

Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the LGA, Hon. James Onwuka, said that the people of the LGA were happy with Governor Soludo.

“The other day that I went to the village, I met one elderly man and when I asked him how he felt about this road, he told me that from the first day they started constructing this road, that he didn’t know how all the pains he was having in his body disappeared.

“Based on what I heard from that man, I found out that the road being constructed by our governor had started injecting life into so many people. Even those that were about to die, that are very weak are saying that for them experiencing this new road, that life has come back to them again.

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“So I am very happy, saying that our governor has done wonderfully well; that Awka North will not disappoint him; that Awka North is preparing to give him the votes he had never seen in Awka North before.

“Again, Soludo promised that he would be helping those that have nobody to help them. Past governors have worked but Awka North is just like a place that is being forgotten.

“But Governor Soludo promised that all the areas that are being forgotten, that he must surely remember them. So, we are thanking him.

“APGA, as a party, is proud of the governor because he has showcased that APGA has the capacity to deliver. We are promising that we are going to give him massive votes”, he stated.

Also speaking, secretary of the party in the LGA, Chief Amaechi Obiesili, commended Soludo for constructing the road, saying that he was happy about it.

“Governor Soludo has done wonderfully well within two years. Before that road was constructed, we, the people of Awka North, suffered so much because of its level of dilapidation at the time.

“Shortly after Prof. Soludo was sworn in as governor, he swung into action. This Amansea – Ebenebe – Ugbenu – Ugbene – Awba Ofemmili Road was the first road project he flagged off and in less than two years, the project was completed. We are very happy.

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“He is, indeed, the solution governor and solution is here in Awka North and in Anambra State at large. We are happy”, Obiesili stated.

A chieftain of the party, Emeka Onwuzuka, said: “Soludo is a talk and do governor. Since the inception of my political activities in Anambra State and Awka North in particular, I have not seen this kind of talk and do promise.

“One thing in politics is to promise, another thing is to accomplish it. Soludo is a wonderful human being.

“We will make sure that Soludo wins second tenure in Awka North. We will do everything in our capacity to deliver him.”

Mrs Florence Onuora from Ugbene community could not hide her joy during the road walk. She narrated the difficulty her people passed through when the road was bad, saying that the new road has made life easier for them.

Mr Uchechukwu Anaegbunam from Ebenebe community was equally excited about the new road but said that he was particularly happy for the people of Awba Ofemmili community. “Awba Ofemmili has not witnessed tarred road before”, he pointed out.

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