By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
The deplorable condition of Ikwo Road was said to have triggered the interest of the Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Catholic Church, Ndiegu Echara Ward II, Ikwo LGA, Rev. Fr. Valentine Obinna Nwali and the entire parishioners on Saturday morning 20th July, 2019, who engaged themselves in manual labour to bring the route to a certain degree of improvement.
Speaking during the exercise, former councilor of the area, Hon. Joseph Nworie told Citizens’ Advocate that their concern was aroused following the State of the road which he said was impassable for motorists, a situation that had invariably subjected them to untold hardship as their farm produce could not be transported to urban markets.
He also disclosed that their area was completely cut off by the flooded road around this time last year and for them not to have similar experience, they resorted to self help by which over 150 trips of laterite had been spread on the worst spots.
Chairman of the zone, Mr. Samuel Nworie told Citizens’ Advocate that the mammoth crowd and parishioners were mobilized by their priest who was determined to affect the lives of everyone in the area positively in every aspect.
They found out that help was not forthcoming from the relevant quarters; they decided to collectively embark on making the road once more motorable for all and sundry.
He explained, “It was after we have found out that the condition of the road is getting worse, mostly as our yearnings towards its situation has not been heard, we then deemed it fit to help ourselves.”
He therefore called on their leaders at all levels of government to come to their aid so that they would feel the impact of good governance in Ndiegu Echara Ward II, Ikwo LGA as their counterparts in other regions.
Catechist John Nte said that the nature of the road before adding laterite was deplorable and could not give them access to urban markets to enable them dispose their produce, a situation which had unconsciously demoralized them towards going back to farm.
He thereby called on all concerned leaders for help.
Fr. Valentine Nwali said that he was at the place for the people’s spiritual affair, but having seen their plight concerning the only road, he decided to extend his assignment in order to improve their lives to some extent.
Fr. Nwali said, “Since the year 2017 that I was posted to the area, the people have been suffering socially, economically and otherwise because of the condition of the road.”
“This is exactly what they have been facing until last year when I mobilized all the parishioners across all the component zones of the parish and as God would have it, serious improvement was recorded and this time around, we are on the exercise again” he added
He appreciated his people for aligning with his vision and said that they would not relent in doing the work at their collective capacity until when help would come.
The priest thanked God for the good health given to them and the uncommon understanding found among the parishioners while calling on other residents and members of other churches for assistance.