By Alfred Agudiebube, Aba
Women from two metropolitan Local Government Areas that make up the Aba main city, Aba South and Aba North LGAs which is the main Enyimba City, on Tuesday protested over the deplorable conditions of the city’s roads.
The women who trooped out in their numbers and gave Governor Okezie Ikpeazu 100 days ultimatum to give some notable roads in Aba attention or they will stage a 10,000 women protest and lockdown the Abia government house.
They marched round notable roads like: Ngwa road, Aba-Owerri road, Ikot-Ekpene road and some other parts of Ogbor-Hill singing with placards and banners bearing notable bad roads in various parts of the city.
Speaking to Newsmen, their leader, Lady Jane Ogbonna, said that the Aba women cannot keep mute anymore while Abia state is swimming in total underdevelopment.
Lady decried the fact that Ebonyi state which is the youngest state in the South East has total left Abia behind, soaring high in infrastructural growth while Abia is retrogressively becoming a laughing stock among other neighbouring states.
“Aba women are not happy. Anyone who stays in this city and still claims she’s happy deserves serious pity. There’s absolutely no motorable road in Aba for business.
“They are using some media houses to tell people out there that Aba has been fixed which are all lies.
“We are not happy with what we are seeing in our state and how people are telling us that roads we see with our eyes everyday have been fixed.
“This year is 90 years those before us did the Aba women riot and we are not happy again. The women you’re seeing today are just from Aba South and Aba North LGA and Abia women are scattered all over the 17 LGAs.”
“The message of Aba women to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is that we’re giving him 100 days to take actions in Ngwa road, Port Harcourt road and Opobo road.
“If he fails and we did not see serious actions on those roads, we shall stage 10,000 women protest and lockdown the Abia government house and the State House of Assembly.
“Ebonyi State of yesterday, is now far better than Abia. We have everything here, but industries are folding. Customers that come from other states cannot enter anymore and we the women are bearing the huge brunt of all these. These are the people we voted into power.
“We are telling Gov Okezie to keep to what we gave to him or Aba women will fight him. If the Governor knows that the Federal Government is not giving Abia allocations like other states, let him boldly tell us and we shall shift our fight to the Federal Government.
“Aba women are now fully out and heaven is backing us. The ancestors of Ngwa Land are with us. One thing they should know is that I’m not scared of the DSS, I’m not scared of SARS.
“Even if they stop me, more women will continue. All we want is for the government we voted for to do the needful. Before, people from Akwa-Ibom and Cross River come to Aba to buy things, but the table has been overturned on us.
“We are not happy and this is why we are telling the Governor, the Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly to do the needful.
“We are also telling all our House of Representatives Members, Our Senators; Senator Enynnaya Abaribe, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, Senator T. A Orji that Abia women are no more asleep.
“Anybody in this Abia State who thinks that women are nothing, we’re telling them today that we are more than something.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH