Construction of Owerri-Ikeduru road: It’s significance and benefits.

Ikeduru Local Government Area (LGA) is located in the western partof Imo State, one of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was previously carved out of the Mbaitolu/Ikeduru LGA. It has its head quarter at Iho and is made up of the following 17 towns (communities): Avuvu, Atta, Eziama, Amakohia, Ngugo, Ikembara, Akabo, Amatta, Abazu, Uzoagba, Amaimo, Inyishi,Iho, Okwu, Umudim, Ugiri, Eziama. The Ikeduru LGA has the following neighbors, Mbaitolu, Mbano, Mbaise and they share common cultures and markets.

 

In 1992, a new road was initiated for construction under the sponsorship of the Ikeduru Local Government led by Dr Joe Obi Njoku, now the present Commissioner of Health, Imo State.

 

He started this project to link Owerri and Ikeduru communities across Okitankwo River at Umunahu Uratta after settling a 69-year old feud that claimed many lives on both sides (Umunahu-Uratta in Owerri North and Umuofa-Uzoagba in Ikeduru).

 

The road stretches from Ekemegbuoha-Umunahu (the end of MCC/Uratta road) across the Okitankwo River into Uzoagba – Ebikoro – Avuvu across Mbaa River to Amakohia, Okwu, to end at Ugiri-Ike where it joined the Mbaitoli (ukwuorji)-Ikeduru (Amaimo) and Ahiazu (Afor Oru) road. Though a yet to be completed project, it is no doubt that this road will enable Ikeduru Local Government connect to her communities directly with Owerri hinterland of Ikeduru to Development and also provide shorter passage into Owerri for people commuting to and from Owerri and other Local Governments like Ahiazu Mbaise, Ihitte Uboma and Mbano Local Government Areas.

 

The construction of this vital road will open up new areas for habitation and help decongest Owerri as the administration people’s Governor, His Excellency,Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha (OON), who has within the first year of his tenure achieved a monumental rapid super-sonic transformation in the State, a feat worthy of emulation within and outside of the State.

IMO MUST BE BETTER IN OUR TIME

Submitted by Ebo Obinna

National Coordinator

Students Coalition for Democratic Governance

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