By Christian Emeka, Awka
The Igede Development Association has urged the Federal and Benue State governments to reduce the hardship in Benue State by constructing the 93-k Otukpo–Oju-Uwokwu road. President of the association, Anambra State chapter, Mr Patrick Akobo, made the call while speaking to newsmen in Onitsha.
Akobo further said the road would shorten the distance between the South East and South South to Abuja and other parts of the North Central zone of the country.
“The road linking Otukpo and Igede people is a major road beneficial to Agbaja of Izzi LGA in Ebonyi State (on the right) and Cross River State (on the left).
“It would be an easy access for the three states mentioned to get to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“And it would give easy access to evacuating farm produce from these three states to the northern part of the country through Abuja, while the six million people, who are predominantly farmers, already trapped due to bad and inaccessible road would have a way of moving out to other parts of the country.
“The wastage of millions of tubers of yam and cassava each year due to the very bad state of the Otukpo-Oju road, through Uwokwu town to Ebonyi State, would be checked,’’ he said. Akobo said he believes that constructing the road would further help open Benue State for other social infrastructure from the Federal Government.