IKA WEEKLY – Roads in Igbodo, a quiet and peaceful agrarian community in Ika North East Local Government Area, both major and adjoining ones now wear new looks as people in the community particularly machine and bicycle owners who are majorly farmers now ply the roads with great ease.

This is courtesy of the Igbodo Development Union, Washington, DC, Chapter U.S.A, an association whose membership comprise prominent Igbodo sons and daughters, who took it as a challenge upon themselves to repair roads in their community, even when government has not indicated any interest of fixing the pothole ridden community roads.

Speaking to Ika Weekly, on Friday at one of the road sites in Ndobu Quarter, Igbodo, the project supervisor, Mr. Samuel Onyeche Nwaka said he was asked by the IDU, Washington Chapter, through Mr. Christian Mbulu in December, 2010, to take a very good survey of roads in Igbodo, after which he was instructed to report back to them.

�After my survey of the roads, I reported back to the IDU, that the roads were not good and were covered with bushes. Without delay, the IDU went into action by Volunteering to use their own money to carry out the repairs

�As I speak with you, nine major roads and seven adjourning ones have been graded, some have been sand filled too. A very good example is the Ndobu roads, which was before the repair impassable�, Mr. Onyeche explained.

Mr. Onyeche, who lauded the contracting firm, Larry Construction Firm and Plant Hiring Services, for the good job it has done so far, said this is not the first time the IDU, Washington is embarking on a community service of such magnitude, adding that the association in collaboration with the Ika National Association USA, had in time past dug water boreholes for four different communities in Ika land.

� I really appreciate the IDU for their concern and love for our community, Igbodo. Not only myself, the entire community, women, men, youths and even children are all praying for them for coming to our rescue. Because before now residents of this community particularly farmers suffer a great deal conveying their products either to their homes or market� he stated. Mr. Onyeche however, enjoined the IDU, Washington not to relent on their efforts in their community development, for God will greatly reward them, just as he equally called on all IDU branches in other places to emulate them.

The contractor of the Igbodo road project and Managing Director of Larry Construction Firm and Plant Hiring Services, Agbor, Chief Larry Onya, the Konyerini Dein of Agbor, said his company is already offering the best service to the Igbodo community , by making sure that authentic job was well done, saying that this was made possible because of the good rapport he is having with the IDU leadership, and commendation from the community people.

It could be recalled that roads in Igbodo, before the intervention of the IDU, Washington chapter, were not only pothole ridden but were also covered with bushes. A development which has for many years posed a nightmare for people in the community, majorly farmers who experienced great difficulties transporting their goods home or to the market. The roads today are well opened and motorable, courtesy of the prompt intervention of Igbodo sons and daughters in Washington.

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