The 2023 Accord Party candidate in Imo East Senatorial District, Chief Mike Nwachukwu says reversing the infrastructural deficit in the district will be his topmost priority if elected.
Chief Nwachukwu, said his needs assessment of the district compelled him to make provision of road infrastructure a focal point once he assumes office as the next senator.
The Mpi Dike of Egbelu Obube Community in Owerri North Local Government Area, disclosed that he and his team recently undertook an inspection tour of the Oche bloc of Owerri West Local Government Area.
According to him, he came face to face with dilapidated conditions of roads in Nekede, Ihiagwa, Eziobodo, Okolochi, Emeabiam, Umuokpo and Nkashi where they encountered a wooden bridge.
Nwachukwu noted that the wooden bridge built and maintained by the natives connects Nkashi with the neighbouring Umuekwune Community in Ngor/Okpala Local Government Area.
He regretted that a massive rubber plantation which stretches from Nkashi Community to its boundary with Rivers State has been allowed to lie waste.
The candidate promised if elected to draw the attention of intervention agencies to play their roles in the provision of road infrastructure in the areas.
He said; “If elected senator, we shall take very active measures to draw the combined attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development/Border Communities Development Agency/Federal Ministry of Water Resources (Anambra-Imo River Basin Authority) to play their respective roles in dealing with the issues arising from the construction of the road leading to and fro such a large agricultural entity!
“We shall also deploy my skills as an entrepreneur to attract potential private sector operators in agri-business whilst engaging Development Funding Partners such as IFC and ADB and seek to take full advantage of the CBN Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS) to secure funding for the development of the vast potential of the rubber plantation with its attendant benefits in direct employment as well as indirect employment occasioned by increased economic activity in the environment’.