By Obiechina Emeka
NSUKKA----There was wild jubilations by Nsukka residents in Enugu State over what they described massive developmental infrastructure brough to them in form of demicracy dividends by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's administration.
Ugwuanyi had inaugurated several roads, magistrate and high court buildings even as hospitals were being reconstructed and rehabilitated.
However, residents of the local government who spoke to reporters shortly after the commissioning of the projects said Ugwuanyi had saved them from many decades of infrastructural development neglect.
Those who spoke included the member representing Nsukka and Igboeze South local government councils at the House of Representatives, Hon Pat Asadu, the Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Peter Okonkwo, as well as commercial motorcycle riders and traders who said they were celebrating the good development.
Peter Okonkwo, who spoke during the inauguration of Amaeze-Fide Okoro-New Anglican Road, at Ameze, said the road has connected Enugu Road, Aku Road and New Anglican Road to the rest of the metropolis. Okonkwo further said that the road would ease traffick gridlock at Nsukka metropolis during rush hours as residents now had alternative routes to beat same.
Residents of Nsukka experience traffic gridlocks around Ogige Market along tge Ifesinachi and Peace Mass Traffic parks on daily bases but the inauguration of the roads had now brought succour to them, they added, pointing out that various infrastructural facelifts had indeed been provided to the people of the area in the last five of the governor's stay at Government House in Enugu.
They people further said that Nsukka was one of the oldest urban areas in Nigeria, that had remained under developed further called for the need for more infrastructural facilities due to decades of neglect.
Also, at the Justina Eze Street where similar project was inaugurated, the chairman of the Welfare/Security Committee, Dr. Peter Asadu, said the construction of the 1.6KM network road and electricity projects would save the residents from untold hardship occasioned by squalid nature of the town.
Dr. Asadu further said, "We are overwhelmed with joy on your magnanimity to us. You have shown us that you are a leader that listens to the cries of his people. You are the conscience of democracy, a governor with drive and direction."
Addressing the residents during the inauguration of Obechara-Bishop Shanahan Road, Governor Ugwuanyi said "These projects are in fulfillment of my administration’s inaugural address to create more urban areas to boost economic growth, equip and modernize Nsukka, a university town founded many decades ago, in order to compete with other university towns in attracting technology and knowledge-based businesses and other industrial support ventures, bearing in mind that Nsukka is the second largest town in Enugu.
"These roads will also, provide the much needed infrastructural services to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, with the first underground functional drainage system in this part of the world."