By Emmanuel UgwuÂ in Umuahia
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday embarked on community service deploying its members to undertake repair of bad portions of internal roads in the capital city of Umuahia.
The Biafran activists for a start focused their attention on Aba road, which runs through the capital city but already riddled with pot holes due to the effects of rainfall and lack of maintenance.
At the Eastern Comfort portion of the road, IPOB members worked tirelessly yesterday to fill the pot holes with several trips of sand which they bought for the palliative work. Motorists and other road users were seen hailing the IPOB workers who mounted their flag and displayed banners bearing the photograph of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking with journalists, the chairman of the IPOB committee on works, Chief Enyinnaya Madumere said that the group was touched by the plight of people using the bad roads hence they decided â€œto do something about itâ€.Â He said that materials used in repairing the roads were purchased with contributions from IPOB members.
â€œWe embarked on community service to show people that we care about them, that we are not violent and would always work for the interest of the people,â€ he said, adding, â€œwe believe in touching peopleâ€™s lives positivelyâ€.
Madumere further explained that with the bad condition of the road it was becoming increasingly very difficult for motorists to pass through hence, â€œwe canâ€™t wait for government since our people are using the road, adding that â€œwe will repair all the bad spots all around Umuahiaâ€.
He said that they started the repair works at the railway crossing at old Umuahia which had been smoothened, adding that IPOB was encouraged by the appreciation of its community service outreach by the people.
The coordinator of IPOB, Umuahia zone, Okezie Anosike said that the road repair project was a continuous exercise because they were so many bad spots on the network of roads in the capital city and they needed to be repaired to ease movement of people.
â€œWe are touched by the sufferings of our people on the road,â€ he said, adding that a lot of man hours were being lost as motorists waste time as they maneuver their way out of the pot holes.
The IPOB Umuahia coordinator noted that IPOB cared for the people and if Biafra was eventually restored citizens would not be allowed as they would not be any failure of governance and neglect of social infrastructure.