By: Onukwube Augustine Chibuzor
Awka North is one of the many local governments that makes up the Awka Capital Territory. Though, it is the less developed but has contributed so much to the existence and expansion of the State Capital. Awka North is divided into Awka North 1 (Mgbakwu, Urum, Achalla, Isuaniocha, Amanuke) and Awka North 2 (Amansea, Ebenebe, Ugbenu, Ugbene, Awba Ofemili) with her local government headquarters at Achalla.
Below is a picture displaying the current situation of the Obibia bridge linking Awka North 1, Okpuno and the State Capital. Most of the commuters are either people living around Mgbakwu, Isuaniocha, Urum, Amanuke and most significantly Achalla which happens to be the Local Government Headquarters. Other commuters are people doing business within and around the Local Government.
Sometime last year December, after so much cry and calls from good spirited indigenes of Awka North extraction, the Local Government TC Chairman Hon. Ferdinand Onwuje came to the rescue of this bridge by doing some palliative at the already dilapidated bridge. This ensured that people were able to travel through and from this location safely to their various destinations. This also came after several calls was made to the House Members representing Awka North and Awka South 1 at State House of Assembly, Hon. John Nwokoye and Hon. Pharm Nnamdi Okafor respectively and the Government of Gov. Willie Obiano which yielded no result.
Today, this two constituencies are on the verge of losing the only bridge linking them. This bridge was constructed by the former Governor, Mr. Peter Obi and since it construction, it has improved the welfare and development of the communities situated at this end of Awka North Local Government.
We call on the State Government to intervene before this bridge becomes a deathtrap not just to the indigenes but commuters plying the road on a daily. It will interest you to know that through this bridge you access some of the government properties; Anambra State Polytechnic, Purity FM, National Population Commission Housing Project and ors situated in Awka North.
A stitch in time