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Imo community decries Infrastructure failure

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Mbieri community seeks support from the government and agencies.

Following the effects of numerous abandoned projects, which resulted in unemployment, fatalities, and insecurity, the residents of Mbieri Village in Mbaitoli Local Government Area in Imo State have cried out for intervention from the federal government and the State Governor. At a media briefing in Abuja, President of the Mbieri Summit Chief Sam Obaji noted that the community’s infrastructure is deteriorating despite being so near to the capital of Owerri, Imo State. He pointed out that the incomplete projects predated the terms of office of Sam Mbakwe, Achike Udenwa, Ikedi Ohakim, as well as Rochas Okorocha.

Obaji added that the press briefing was in keeping with the Mbieri developmental goal, which is based on unifying the community so that the livelihoods of the people may be upgraded regarding economic and social amenities that aid in employment generation and youth empowerment, smooth transportation of people and commodities which is aided by decent roads, healthcare and education, power supply, and other such things. He presented footage of erosion-ravaged regions and construction blocks surrounded by grass. Many conceptions motivate them to take these actions.

Community residents also play a part in its development.

They believe that it is the responsibility of every citizen to contribute positively to the development, progress, and longevity of the community wherein he resides, as stated in section 24(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended. According to their concept, community development is the process by which agencies help residents of a given area to come together to address problems that affect them. They also believe that to create security in communities, welfare measures, such as the provision of social amenities and infrastructure, ought to be implemented.

Moreso, the community is in dire need of immediate action to prevent further suffering and loss of life due to the serious erosion threat, the roads being overrun by weeds and grasses, and the crumbling healthcare and educational facilities. He informed the public that the briefing was called so they could make an impassioned plea to the state and federal governments, the Mbieri indigenes in the Diaspora and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for help with their road infrastructure.

Discontinued projects are a menace to the community’s livelihood.

The erosion threat, as observed in the video, has cut off transportation and interaction between the communities of Mbieri. Because of the separation of some of the towns, farmers can no longer transport as much of their products to market as they once could. Construction of the road from Nkwor Orji to Orie Mbie was initiated by the NDDC; unfortunately, this construction was discontinued after the old road was demolished, which made it worse than it was before. As a result, they are pleading with NDDC to finish the work so that the people can finally find relief.

In addition, they commend Governor Hope Uzodinma for the improvements he has made to the road system in Owerri town and want him to make the same improvements in Mbieri. Successive governors of Imo State, including Achike Udenwa, Ikedi Ohakim, and Rochas Okorocha, have ignored the city’s crumbling roads, schools, and hospitals since the days of the late Dr. Sam Mbakwe. Because of their inaction, the social and economic infrastructure that the Mbakwe administration had developed has collapsed.

Supports are needed to fund the community restoration.

Lastly, roads’ inaccessibility, particularly when it’s raining, widespread poverty and hunger, and the high rate of premature deaths are all direct results of these factors. Several households in Mbieri are now reporting two to three deaths a month. The town’s crime rate has skyrocketed due to the deteriorating human environment. Because of this, the Mbieri People have appealed to the powerful Nigerian Media, pleading with them to help them raise awareness of the town’s crumbling social and infrastructure amenities and encourage supporters to help fund their restoration.

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