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Owelle please help

Is it through protest, petitioning, confrontation, appeal or by stooping to conquer that the case for Mbieri roads will be made, for it to be effective? To whom will the case be made? Is it to the House members or senator representing the area, or the deputy governor who hails from Mbieri, or the governor, or the president of the country? How long more shall the people bear the pains and indignities about their roads? How long shall they stand and watch while bad roads wipe out their people? Are roads built to favor the people? Are roads neglected to punish them?  What could the people have probably done? What offense have they committed? Is this a collective/group or individual offense?  Have roads anything to do with economic development? What is the government’s stake in the condition of roads? Are roads a matter of public welfare alone? Does the economy stand to benefit from good roads? Does it stand to lose anything when roads are bad? Our people say that cutting a small wooden pole with a very big axe that is too large for the job is making someone say what he doesn’t want to say, in other words looking for ones trouble. O ji onyike e egbu aruru  o choga onye uka ga-apu n’onu. The questions from this matter are too many. It may lead to one saying what may not be said which may spoil the case for an immediate visit to Mbieri to go and restore even one access road to the place. I am pleading that without further delay, this should be done. In the absence of we-action in Mbieri over this sensitive issue of roads, I step out personally to make this case, because I am involved and because it is unfair. This it is a protest. People must not always poke their legs into water when they step out into the road, any road in my town, Mbieri as if they don’t pay their due taxes. The deluge everywhere in Mbieri breeds mosquitoes that can wipe out the population – such things. I don’t write to be noticed. It is not foolish boldness either on my part. If I get the job done with this, it is victory for both Mbieri, the Rescue Mission government and the World Health Organisation that makes public health its business all over the world. Gov. Rochas will take the glory along with his many other glories. Everybody needs good roads, not the least in a place like Mbieri peopled by creative craftsmen, entrepreneurs, merchants and scholars in various fields. Mbieri also has important electoral population and therefore political relevance. Why not give Mbieri, even one good road in order to take advantage of this point? Eh? My governor, my governor? Can you forgive our trespasses? Did we err somewhere, somehow? To err is human. To forgive is divine. Mbieri people need their roads badly. Don’t delay again, please. I am writing about Mbieri roads perhaps too repeatedly and passionately for the simple reason that: anya le ke ya, and ebe onye bi ka o na-awachi, as Anambra people say. I am not the kind of person who starts his charity abroad. Can’t and shouldn’t I wield my pen which I think is mightier than any sword on this matter and get result, in exercise of my inalienable right to freedom of speech and conscience?
I don’t fight and run away to fight another day, fighting in perpetuity, if you may call this a fight. No, it is not a fight it is a plea, an appeal. This is however still a fight in the sense that I want to make my point fearlessly. I am demanding an answer as well why Mbieri should be without roads for over twenty scandalous years now. I don’t stoop to conquer. I fight to a finish, and fighting will all end. This is not to say there is nothing like diplomacy in my dictionary. I don’t think diplomacy is cowardice, being lily-livered, and timid (like my people of Mbieri) over this matter. One has to be determined, bold, fearless, careful, realistic, forthright, perhaps risk-taking, to be diplomatic and get something out of it. For this reason I have to address this straight to Gov. Rochas Okorocha. This ball is in your court. The buck stops right on your table. I hope he has a table where bucks can stop. Otherwise the ball will be going off target or over the bar. Please God let him hear this prayer and answer it. If we pray to God and get answers, our fellow humans should likewise hear prayers made to them and respond. This Xmas should be a target for at least one road to be ready for use, when people will be going home for the festivity. Yes, it has come to that. There is no way to be nice or soft about this at this point in time. It is with great restraint that one can be this moderate in protesting about Mbieri roads. I emphasize that this is a protest, nothing less, whether you like it or not.
The situation report is like this: Try to approach Mbieri from Akabo, you will get stuck and won’t make any headway. Forget it. Then try the road through Ama Nwozuzu, further down. At a place called Eke Mee Lee, it is flooded and the dugout valley there is very deep, big and wide at the centre of the road. The waiting there due to traffic jam is unbearable. You can wait until Doom’s day before you wriggle out, coming and going. If care is not taken your full tank,  will finish there. At the worst times you can remain there for days and be lost in transit, contending with hunger and starvation. Some people have had to turn back. After Ikeduru LG headquarters it becomes real Golgotha with hills and trenches, rivers and oceans again. This road is impossible to say the least.  The major road to Mbieri branches in from Nkwo-Orji. It was in avoidance of this road some years ago that Dr. Ebenezer Iwuagwu (former super Perm. Sec. and late Sen. Amah Iwuagwu’s father) lost his life. He took a bush path to get home and a hoodlum (perhaps one of his stupid detractors), taking advantage of the lonely road shot a point blank bullet into his head and killed him. I have not heard anything more about the suspects and their trial. Probably he escaped with it. Managing editor, Martin Ebe spends hours looking for a way to get into Mbieri to get home everyday from work. Mbieri, via his Obazu route is a no-go area as we write. Don’t try it. There is no single road to Mbieri. Not one. Don’t dare to go here. If you do, you won’t come out in one piece. The cost of it will dig holes in your pocket. It doesn’t matter what means you use. It could be worse if you tramp. At some points you need to swim. Snakes, sharks, crocodiles and other dangerous reptiles may be there waiting for you. It is on Mbieri roads (Imo State) you have the Atlantic and other oceans now. If you still use the old maps, you need to adjust. A number of people have had heart attack while travelling along the road and died. These incidents would have made the government of Imo state to repair that road in memory of the dead personalities. But no, that never happened. Their bitter experiences also using that road to a number of official engagements in Mbieri moved the government to tears. They (the governor, the deputy and sometimes commissioners) actually committed themselves to seeing that the roads are done. But that did not have to materialize. No one knows why. Whenever mention is made of the horrible roads, the question that is usually asked is: “but your son is deputy governor?” It is not a matter of whether your son is the Deputy Governor or not.  Owelle has to do something to ameliorate the strugglings of Mbieri people.   One going to Mbieri could have gone through Nworieubi, a rather circuitous route. But that also is too bad. The journey must stop at not only one but several points. If it is not flooded roads, it is deep and wide gullies or marshy ground that will seize the tyre of any manner of vehicle. The pedestrian is not spared this ordeal, you can imagine. One other very good road on the periphery leads to Achi, Mbieri, the deputy governor’s village. The only way in to the greater Mbieri at Eke Achi is flooded at two places. They can drown a lorry. There is no way. This is the last of the options. The government says: “if you see something, say something”. This is an appropriate message for Mbieri people. But this is not about the ‘snake movement’ of terrorists. Their roads put them in more danger than the so-called terrorists. They should say something. And when they say something government should hear something and do something. The situation there has gotten out of hand. It is in this regard that I am not happy with my people of Mbieri. They see their bad roads. They say nothing. The government lets them stay and die in their silence. If it is a matter of putting pressure, they have failed to do that. Nonetheless, I plead: Please help Owelle, lest they perish.

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