Rumuokwachi the fifth in the Akpor traditional ranking, is one of the communities that make up ward 16 alongside Ozuoba, Rumuokparali and ogbogoro in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State.
Rumuokwachi can be classified as a peace loving and tranquil community, but that peace loving community is constantly being treated like a pariah by government at all levels.
A typical example is the cleaning of drainages embarked upon by the Rivers State government. It is worthy of note that Rumuokwachi is not a community situated at a flood prone area, but is constantly threatened by flood due to blocked and poorly constructed drainages.
The cleaning exercise somehow avoided Rumuokwachi community forgetting that water flowing from location, Mgbuoba, and Ozuoba passes through Rumuokwachi community (as the drainage system is linked) before getting to Ogbogoro, its final destination.
These blocked drainages do not allow for free flow of water and therein lies the problem. The water now looks for an alternative route which is mostly the road, and from there it travels to areas with low topography to find rest, thereby evicting the real house owners from their abode.
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Which pegs the question, why avoid cleaning the drainages of Rumuokwachi community, is Rumuokwachi still a part of Rivers state and Nigeria? Are some communities more Rivers or Nigerian than others?
Further investigation into the community, Igbogo road popularly called Gejohota road, confirms the poor job done by a certain construction company where the drainage system is not properly sloped, as water that ought to be progressing to the major drainage system is rather retrogressing at some point along the Igbogo road.
On the other hand the street lights installed by the state government in Rumuokwachi community has transmogrified to mannequins, as they have been abandoned since installation for some years now.
I use this medium to call on the NDDC contractor assigned to reconstruct the Igbogo road to kindly mobilize to site.
I also call on the contractor in charge of cleaning of drainages to endeavour to clean the Rumuokwachi drainages to further reduce the flooding in the area.
I plead with the Commissioner for Works to ensure that the street lights in Rumuokwachi community down to Ogbogoro fulfils its duty of lighting up the area instead of continuously being a monument for eye pleasure.
Together we can always make a difference.