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Stop using us for Politics, Amansea people to politicians

By Mazi Odera
Gov Obi (right), with representative of Brecco Construction company, Nadir (middle) and the State Commissioner for Works,
Gov Obi (right), with representative of Brecco Construction company, Nadir (middle) and the State Commissioner for Works,
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Amansea people of Anambra State, a town that shares boundary with Ugwuoba, Enugu State, the two communities that host Ezu River, where corpses were found floating on water has called on politicians to stop using the misfortune that befell them for politics. These sentiments were conveyed by a community leader in the town, Chief Jonathan Ibekwe yesterday when Governor Obi paid visit to the town to access how they are fairing after the tragic event.

Speaking at the event, Chief Ibekwe said that what happened to their town had given him enough opportunity to see how Anambra politicians behave. In his words: “The way they have take the Amansea tragedy show that they pray for misfortune to befell the State and use it to play politics. As at the last count, over 8 of them have either visited or sent somebody, usually with bags of pure water that did not cost them more than N100,000 Naira. However, they will ensure they use millions to publicize it.”

Speaking further, he regretted that some of the Anambra people at the Senate, who had not made any significant contributions to debates, made it a case as if the Governor was not doing anything. His question: “Is this what Senators from other States do to their States?”

In his own remarks, the Igwe of Amansea, Chief Kenneth Okonkwo thanked the Governor for the steps he has taken to show them love and compassion. He said that while others prefer to play politics with them, that it was only Governor Obi that had taken concrete and enduring steps towards ameliorating their plight. Recalling that he cut his oversees trip short when he heard about the development, he reeled out some of the things the Governor has done to include the on-going drilling of boreholes, fumigation of the entire town soon after the corpses were discovered, bring of 7 thanked of water to the town on daily basis as well as administration of vaccines to prevent outbreak of epidemics. He thanked him also for the road he is constructing in Amansea and on-going projects in the entire Awka North Local Government.

Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikeakor said that the Ministry had been monitoring the area to make sure that disease does not break out. He said that the Government would do everything possible, having conducted autopsy at the Amaku Teaching Hospital on some of the recovered bodies, to unravel the course of the deaths.

In another development, the Governor visited the on-going Amansea- Ebenebe-Awba Ofemili, Ugbebe, Ugbene road and blamed the people of Ebenebe and the constructor for the slow pace of work. He said that his patience was running out and that except the contactor doubled his efforts, that his Government would consider revoking the contact.