HRM Obi David Azuka (JP) is the traditional ruler of Akwukwu-Igbo, the administrative headquarters of Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, who is so passionate about the development of his domain and the entire local government.
He said even as the challenges are enormous, the ones that appear to be more pronounced and protruding, is development, “which coils round poor electricity and portable water supply, lack of staff in the General Hospital in the town and Akwukwu-Igbo Grammar School, lack of laboratory equipment and absence of standard library in the school, and developing permanent sites for some of the Ministries.”
The Akwukwu-Igbo monarch in describing the state of the community, said he was aware of the numerous projects the administration of Okowa has embarked on in his effort to ensure that the state come of age among the league of states rated high in the area of development, but said the governor would be doing the community a lot of good if such services is extended to his area.
Decrying the poor state of Akwukwu-Igbo, he said the link road between Akwukwu-Igbo and Ugbolu, the shortest of all routes to Asaba, the state capital, is in deplorable state as residents of communities from that axis cannot make use of it “even now and when the rainy season sets in.”
He added: “This is a link road that will not take a vehicle 10 minutes to get to Asaba assuming the road is in good shape” the royal father said.
Also mentioned among roads in deplorable state is the Akwukwu-Igbo/Illah road starting from the Iyi-egbu the boundary between the two towns.
He added the Akwukwu-Igbo/Ukala Okpunor road and Akwukwu-Igbo Onicha-Olona road which he said are in a terrible state of disrepair and called on the local and state governments to do something to help bring the roads back to life.
He said because of the poor state of the roads, okada operators and other road commercial drivers who manage to ply the roads hike fares indiscriminately with commuters left with no option than to pay as they have no choice.
“They are compelled to pay whatever they are charged”, Obi Azuka told our reporter.
The royal father said the other areas he would like the government to focus its attention on is the scanty number of staff at the General Hospital at Akwukwu-Igbo which has made the hospital less functional.
Be bemoaned further the low number of staff at Akwukwu-Igbo Grammar School which has also led to few teachers handling many subjects or some subject not being taught because they lack teachers to handle such subjects.
Obi Azuka also stressed on the need for a well-equipped laboratory for Akwukwu-Igbo Grammar School and lack of standard library in the school where students could go and pick some relevant materials for research purposes, pointing out that students should be exposed early to research methodology.
He frowned at the position of some ministries which are still in rented apartments while the permanent sites allocated to them still lie fallow, calling the authorities concerned to see that something more positive was done to salvage the situation. “Governor Okowa is trying no doubt.
He has so many things going at the same time. But we in this axis want him to extend his good services to us. He should try to understand our plight”, he pleaded.