Ahead the coming farming and rainy seasons, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ikwuano LGA, Hon  Osinachi Nwaka has jump started grading of  rural roads inter-connecting communities and farm settlements in the LG considered the food basket of Abia State.

In his remarks prior to commencement of the massive roads palliative, the Ikwuano Mayor noted that some of the roads abandoned for over thirty years has fallen into total disrepair leading to low productivity in farm produce due to lack of access roads to convey produce from farms to markets and total abandonment of some farms in some extreme cases

"We hope by  tackling the rural roads infrastructural challenges in these  communities, we would unlock the potentials in these  agrarian communities and foster  economic expansion which would enhance the overall quality of life of residents",  he said 

Key roads slated for grading in this second phase of the project include but are not limited to:  

i. Iyinla -  Umuemenike - Obohia road

 ii. Ndoro - Nnono - Amaoba link road

iii.  Itunta - Obuoro link road

iv. Eze Ben Oriaku road

v. Obunta road. 

According to Mayor Nwaka, the  roads are  pivotal conduits  facilitating smoother movement of goods, services, and people throughout the LG and beyond.

He added that by rejuvenating these neglected thoroughfares, the administration seeks to invigorate local economies, empower communities, and foster inclusive development across the LG and beyond 

Obuoro - Ibere road

"With the second phase now underway, expectations are  high for their impact  on residents' lives and the broader socio-economic benefits", he affirmed.

According to a community leader, Dr Nwabuike Michael Ibe, the Obuoro - Ibere road is at the centre of the cocoa producing belt as it links three other cocoa farming communities including Nkalunta, Iberenta and Itunta. He appealed for the palliative work to be equally extended to these communities.

The ongoing rural roads rehabilitation is the execution of Abia Governor Alex Otti's 100 rural roads rehabilitation project being his  administration's pledge to prioritize the welfare and economic advancement of Abians