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Desperate Needs: Enugu community battle power outage, bad roads, water scarcity, insufficient classroom

Efulu is a farming community located in Ugwuoba,  Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu state, south eastern Nigeria. The community is represented by distinguished senator Ike Ekweremadu in the Senate and Hon. Toby Okechukwu in the House of Representatives.

Recently,  BudgIT project tracking officers visited the community and carried out a sensitization exercise on the Efulu Ugwuoba road rehabilitation project.  The new project is executed by the Sustainable Development Goals with a N20 million allocation. The sensitization was successfully conducted with the cooperation of the Igwe of Efulu, HRH Silvanus Ibeh who mobilized and coordinated the indigenes.

After the sensitization,   Igwe Ibeh appreciated Tracka’s visitation,  acknowledging it as an eye opener. He applauded the fact that the

Residents Efulu Community
                                                            Residents of Efulu Community

Tracka team kept to the promise of attending the scheduled town hall meeting, describing the action as a show of the seriousness of BudgIT ’s commitment to the implementation of the federal government constituency projects.

In Efulu, there is a construction of a block of four classrooms for the primary school which is yet to commence. The Igwe revealed that the State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB)   informed the community two years ago that the blocks of classrooms would be constructed but nothing has been done at the moment.

When asked about the state of electricity in the town, the Igwe offered that although  Efulu is one of the community in Ugwuoba that has gained rural electrification, there has been a power outage in the past one year. Lamenting the sorry plight of the community as a result of the power outage, the youth leader pleaded for a quick intervention from government.

Efulu indigenes are predominantly farmers and their major cultivations are cassava, plantain, yam, palm nut, cocoyam, and banana. Majority of the women sell garri, akpu, as well as dried cassava slices, popularly known as Abacha, a local delicacy in Igbo land. Tracka discovered that the only source of water to the community is from the stream as there is no manual or motorized borehole. The Igwe pleaded for the construction of a motorized borehole in Efulu in order to reduce the stress of the water scarcity confronting the community.

The Tracka team also observed that the major access road to Efulu from  Ugwoba, Onitsha-Enugu old express road, is in a state of disrepair. The frustration encountered with the bad state of the road had led to an increase in the fare charged by motorcycle riders, thus making life unbearable for indigenes. There is no gainsaying the fact that the community stands to benefit if the problems of road, power, water shortage and insufficient classrooms are solved.  

 

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