Thursday, 23 July 2015

Anambra State House of Assembly Calls for Proper Road Maintenance


Anambra State House of Assembly has stressed the needs for proper road maintenance with a view to forestalling wanton loss of lives and properties of the citizenry on road accidents.

This was even as it called on the State Government through its ministry of works to direct the State Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) to sites for an improved, timely and standard maintenance of state roads.

Brainstorming in a motion co-sponsored by Hon. Timothy Ifediorahnma of Njikoka1 constituency, Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu (Dunukofia), Hon. Kingsley Iruba (Nnewi South 1), Hon. Peter Ibida (Njikoka 2) and Hon. Paschal Agbodike (Ihiala 2), the lawmakers lamented that bulk of road accidents leading to loss of lives and valuable properties were sequel to the pitiable condition of roads and poor maintenance culture thereon.

ARMA, according to the motion, is an agency established for the state by the Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency Law 2008 saddled with the statutory responsibility of maintaining the state roads with the objective of keeping them in good, safe and comfortable condition for the best value in transport.

Therefore, the Assembly, while citing section 14 (2) b of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended in 2011) which provides that the welfare of the populace shall be the primary purpose of government, disclosed that existence of good roads will also attract local and foreign investors to the state.

In her submission, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu, says although ARMA works, there is need to intensify its effort considering the resources often invested in road constructions and rehabilitations, and perilous impacts of deplorable roads on the populace.

Meanwhile, the member representing Anaocha 2 State Constituency, Hon. Chukwuma Ezeani has extolled the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano on his relentless efforts to rid-off waste in the state.

Speaking in an interview with our reporter, Hon. Ezeani also pledged the Assembly’s support to clean Anambra of filth through lawmaking and implored the governor to go ahead and sponsor a bill that will aid in conversion of waste to wealth.

According to the lawmaker, conversion of waste to wealth using modern technologies, will not only improve the state internally generated revenue (IGR), but shall further create wealth for the generation yet unborn, even as major cities in the state such as Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka will turn to heaven to both local and foreign investors.    



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