NTEJE COMMUNITY CONDEMNS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY ... CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF DPO
By John Ndu
Nteje, March 23, 2018--Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State has expressed dismay over the level of destruction of government property by some hoodlums in the community.
Speaking for the Community, the Traditional ruler of Nteje, HRH Igwe Rowland Odegbo regretted that some hoodlums attacked the engineers and workers handling Nteje - Nando roads and inflicted various degrees of injuries on them.
Igwe Odegbo who addressed journalists at his Palace in Nando, said the road has been neglected for the past 30 years by the previous government.
He said that the road was given attention during Gov. Obiano’s administration.
According to him, " I got a call that some people from Achala Agu in Nteje invaded the workers at the site, destroying some of their equipments and injured some of them.” Igwe Odegbo said.
He said that the action is from a group that does not want the progress of the community.
"When we heard the news, we contacted the vigilant groups and the boy who masterminded the attack was arrested and handed over to the police in Nteje.
"It was unfortunate that the DPO in Nteje released the boy within 30 minutes without interrogation.
"We call on the Commissioner of police to quickly remove him from Nteje,” Igwe Odegbo said.
Commending Gov. Obiano for his intervention on the road, Igwe Odegbo said that the road has economic value to the state, being a major road, connecting various communities.
He said it would facilitate evacuation of goods by farmers to different communities and equally decongest traffic.
He however, promised to provide adequate security for the road workers and charged the vigilante not to relent in supervising the project and ensure the safety of the workers.
The President General of Nteje, Chief Ben Chinweze assured maximum cooperation with the workers and promised serious monitoring to ensure effective delivery.
On his part, the Contractor handling the road,Mr Chuks Okolo (Pachuks Construction Company), expressed dissatisfaction with the level of attack on his workers.
Mr Okolo said that the safety of his workers was his main concern adding that he will not commence construction unless there will be adequate security provided.
He promised to sustain the partnership with the state government and to deliver excellent jobs that would stand the test of time.
Every effort to reach the Commissioner of Police
proved abortive as he did not pick his call.