A younger man, Chidipeters Okorie, has lamented the deplorable situation of roads in Mburubu neighborhood, Nkanu East native authorities space of Enugu State.
According to Okorie, the roads locally have been denigrated in a means that makes it tough to maneuver from the neighborhood to the neighbouring communities.
This is regardless of the industrial advantages of the neighborhood as he cited the favored Nkwo Market which is stuffed up by guests from the state and past for buying and selling actions each fortnight.
He stated the neighborhood is dominated by farmers who produce meals and money crops resembling yam, cassava, palm oil, groundnut, rice and beans in industrial portions.
He added that residents of the neighborhood have complained of persistent neglect by successive governments of the state regardless of the neighborhood’s proximity to the capital metropolis, Nigerian Law School and Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Okorie additionally acknowledged that authorities neglect of the neighborhood is profound within the lack of primary facilities resembling a well being facility, colleges, amongst others.
He stated, “The first impression about the nature of the suffering of the people of Mburubu in the Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State is the deplorable condition of the road linking the community with the neighbouring communities of Nara, Nkereffi, Nomeh and Odumah.
“A distance of two kilometres takes about 30 minutes to travel. It is hard to access the community due to the erosion, mud everywhere, gullies filled with water, a small stream without a bridge cutting across the road; where there are bridges, they are iron rusty bridges constructed during the war for military exigencies.
“The community has a well-organised traditional institution with the popular Nkwo Market which is fortnightly filled to the brim by visitors from the state and beyond for commercial activities, yet is unfamiliar with social amenities.
“The community is dominated by farmers who produce crops like yam, cassava, palm oil, groundnut, rice and beans in commercial quantities. But they lack encouragement from the government in terms of access roads for the transportation of these products to various markets.
“The vehicle conveying us only managed through the many deep hollows, making the journey farther than it really was. This speaks much about the deplorable condition of the road, which residents said is difficult to ply during the rainy season.
“With its proximity to the Enugu capital territory, there is no government presence in the community. Residents groan of neglect by successive governments of the state, yearning for amenities that guarantee better living.
“Mburubu Community is under Nkanu East Local Government of Enugu State. It is about 30 minutes drive from the state capital territory, 15 minutes detour from the Nigerian Law School, Agbani and the prestigious Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
“In the wake of the colonial era, Mburubu served as the epicentre of economic activities, the following were located in the community: Mburubu Native Court Prison yard, Rest House (Guest House), Health Centre (Dispensary), Trauma Centre where people afflicted with leprosy diseases were treated and has the only Primary School with Teachers’ quarters.
“Unfortunately, all these are abandoned and have gone into obscurity.
“A visit to the only primary school in the community revealed the existence of two old dilapidated structures used as classrooms.
“The school which lacks facilities also has one of the classroom blocks in dire straits with the entire building having no windows and doors.
“Except for the primary school which was built 71 years ago, and reroofed 11 years ago, residents cannot boast of any social amenity.
“Residents, through communal efforts, pooled resources together and built the only secondary school and handed same over to the government, yet the roofs are blown off, students study in the rain and harsh environment, and the government is being nonchalant about the plight of the future generation.
“Additionally the construction of the only health centre was sponsored by the community women. Again, the government has never offered any medical equipment or personnel. Of course, the toll on the community is unbearable.
“Absence of healthcare facility affects the women most. Some of them face difficulties during labour. The situation of the community is lamentable. The only thing the community gets is the polio vaccine, aside from that nothing else. Therefore, it wouldn’t be out of place if it is posited that the community is without a healthcare centre.
“The government has neglected the community in terms of provision of social amenities and infrastructural facilities including potable water, electricity, schools, hospitals, good road, security and fertiliser for farmers.
“The poor government attention and lack of development in the community is decrying. The community has been neglected for many years. Even though amenities are also not adequate in some communities, the situation in Mburubu is far worse.”
He additional alleged that a number of complaints by neighborhood members to elected leaders have solely fallen on deaf ears.
Okorie noticed that a number of the issues of the neighborhood are used as manifestoes by politicians throughout election, however nothing is normally seen thereafter.
“They ignore the neighborhood and their issues,” he stated.
Also talking, the neighborhood chief, Chief Dr. Aniobi, stated, “The Enugu State Government under Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi should show mercy of governance and rescue Mburubu Community from extinction.
“The Nkanu East local authority did not find it necessary to even grade the road with caterpillar last dry season, instead it used filling sand to block the road along Nara axis to demonstrate intentions to cut Mburubu off. What are the sins of the Mburubu Community? No government presence, no infrastructure.
“Let the cries of the good people of Mburubu pierce the good heart of Governor Ugwuanyi to listen and bring governance to save us. Governor Ugwuanyi, please try, we beg you.
“Is the existence of Mburubu Community solely recognised throughout electioneering? The stage of neglect by authorities is much worse than most different communities in Nkanu East LGA. Why? God is watching. Mburubu is a part of Nkanu East LGA of Enugu State.”