Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rumuaghorlu community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has called on the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, to give attention to their internal roads, stressing that the roads are begging for attention.
The Elders of the community made this call yesterday while renaming a popular road in the area constructed by the governor as Wike link road.
Speaking, Elder Lord Wosu, while commended the governor for constructing the major road that leads into the community, asked Governor Wike to consider the internal roads in Rumuaghorlu, which he said are in deplorable condition.
Wosu worried that the condition of the roads are affecting the economic life of the residents of the area, adding that shops owners no longer open because of flooding.
Wosu said: “The Governor did well in making our community road passable, we all know the condition of the road before but now. But I feel there are still internal roads in the community where people use that are begging for attention.
“Governor Wike should come and see that the area is affected so that we feel the impact of his administration very well. Those roads are affecting the economic life the people there. It is causing hardship and sickness and diseases.
“Anytime it rains those areas are always flooded because there is no drainage and it leads to mosquito infestation.”
Meanwhile, Apostle Bartholomew Egeonu, who is one of the most elderly persons in Rumuaghorlu said they decided to rename the road which was formerly called Okemini road to Wike-link road because of the impact the road has created in the area.
Egeonu said, “We are here today is in line with our promise during the opening of new road that the road will be named after the governor. The road was too bad before now it was called borrow-pit or Okemini road, before the governor reconstructed it.
Egeonu also disclosed that the chairman of the Community Development Committee Mr. Omunakwe Amadi, has been appointed by the community elders to be the acting paramount ruler to manage the affairs of the community.
This is following the alleged vacancy on the throne of the community because of an order of State High Court that has restrained two contenders laying claims to the stool to refrain from such.
Egeonu urged the people of the community to be united and work in the interest of peace and development of the community irrespective of party affiliations.
He said, “During the death of Ogbonna Weli, our former paramount, I told our family that as our paramount ruler has died 1972 that I will not like us to enter any chieftaincy matter. In 1972 there was crisis and we were abandoned by the state and we suffered a lot.
“We don’t want the chieftaincy tussle to lead us into crisis again. We have our CDC chair he is coordinating us for now. Any individual gathering is not for the community. The CDC chairman is coordinating us.”