Obilubi-Obazu youths plead for development of their community By Ifeoma Ofurum

The government of Imo State has been urged to fast track development in Obilubi in Obazu Mbieri Autonomous Community in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

Youths of Obilubi who gathered for a clean-up exercise at the weekend wondered why the government does not treat Obilubi as part of Owerri Urban.

Obilubi shares a common boundary with the Orji community on Okigwe Express road, although it falls in the Mbaitoli local government area.

the president of the Obilubi Youth Association, Mr Soronnadi Emmanuel, told Christian Voice that the town and the entire Obazu Mbieri community have been neglected by the present administration in the state, adding that they have been left to fend for themselves even in areas the government would have helped out.

According to him, the community had taxed themselves to procure pay loaders and other equipment required for clean-up exercised in the area, a responsibility the government should have taken over since Obilubi shares boundary with Orji.

He said that their representative in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ndunagu, has not been assisting them and has never visited them since his election.

The chairman of the Environmental Committee, Mr. Anselm Anyanwuocha, said that Obilubi has been ravaged by erosion and the drainage systems blocked.

He said that pedestrians face rough time on the sidewalks as the slabs covering the gutters have caved in due to heavy trucks that pack on them.

Anyanwuocha said that the local government authorities and the Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) have kept mute over their entries for help.

Also speaking, the president of the community, Mr. Asinobi Humphrey Azor, asked that Obilubi be treated as part of the Owerri capital, since it is located within the owerri capital territory, the fact that it is under Mbaitoli LG notwithstanding.

“We voted massively for the present government and they ought to compensate us. If government forgets us, they should also forget our votes come 2015 elections,” he said.

The community head, Chief Sir Rowland Nze, the Ubi 1 of Obilubi, however, commended the Owelle administration, adding that the government has performed better than the previous administrations.

He was happy that roads linking his community to other community from Obazu Mbieri are being rehabilitated, but pleaded for the rehabilitation of the Obilubi community Primary School as well as for the building of a town hall, a health centre and provision of refuse bins and dumping areas, among others.



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