As the reporter had travelled through the major road that traverses Ugwuakuma through Agbagwu villages in Arochukwu and leads to ‘ime Aro,’ some villagers interviewed were full of praises for the federal government and the company handling the repair of the Arochukwu-Ohafia federal road, Messrs Beks Kimse Nigeria Limited, for tarring the portion of the road that passed through their villages, even as they had called for expedited action on the road reconstruction ‘now that Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing and the federal government has mobilised and ordered the company back to site.’
According to Mazi Ndukwe Okoronkwo Okpo who spoke to Aro News on the issue, the villagers of Agbagwu were happy that the road that runs through their village has been tarred. He said that it was their wish that the road is speedily tarred up to Ohafia ‘To ease our transportation problems as it takes about three and a half hours now to travel from Arochukwu to Umuahia that used to take one hour before the road deteriorated the most!’
At Ugwuakuma, a lady who operated a store and who spoke to Aro News said, in response to a question Aro News had asked her on the issue, that the ‘dust particles that used to disturb us here each dry season has gone away with the tarring of the road. In fact, I am happy that the hill that leads to the village from Abuma, (Ututu) has been made better that what it was before now. Motorists and pedestrians now scale the hill smoothly. We are really happy on the development, and we want the company to expedite action and complete the road up to Ututu, Ihechiowa and Ohafia so that we can heave a sigh of relief as “we have suffered enough.” They have done a quality job in the road. They have really tried. This translates to mean that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has remembered Arochukwu again after many decades of neglect and abandonment.’
Meanwhile, two motorcyclists had collided with each other at the Nkwunabu Junction as the correspondent was waiting to mount a bike for a journey to Ugwuakuma to ascertain the level of road-tarring in the village. The accident was so ghastly that one of them had a broken leg and hand.