The only Federal housing estate in Anambra State Federal Housing Estate, 33 Onitsha, Onitsha North LGA, now wears a new look as the estate which used to look like a jungle as a result of lack basic amenities like good road network, electricity, efficient waste disposal system etc is now witnessing a turnaround as many roads have been rehabilitated, well knit security arrangement put in place as well as efficient waste disposal and constant electricity.
Newsmen who monitored lifein the estate recently gathered from residents that the estate which used to be plagued by lack of amenities has suddenly bounced back to reckoning as a result of efforts of the new leadership of the estate who they said took office not long ago.
Investigation by newsmen showed that many unpassable streets abandoned long time ago as a result of damage hae been rehabilitated and opened for easy vehicular movements, some of these streets which used to pose a great danger like, St Stephen, St Augustine, Ogbatuluenyi, among others have been given a facelift and tarred as well as adorned with street lights.
Newsmen further findings indicated that the perennial problem of power which used to be a major challenge in the estate has been retified for constant electricity to flourish as many transformers can be seen adorning strategic areas of the estate. Additionally it was observed that the waste disposal and the estate cleanliness has been boosted as men of the Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA) were seen carting away refuse and ensuring cleanliness in the area just as eagle eyed vigilance operatives where also sighted all over the estate providing security to complement the efforts of the police.
Commenting on this, two residents Mrs. Nneka Okeke, a retired teacher and a house wife, and Mr. Igwebuike Dike, an entrepreneur, attributed the development to the commitment of the new leadership of the estate whom she said was showing transparency and purposefulness in the leadership of the estate, noting that everybody in the estate was happy with their synergy with the Anambra State government who is listening and attending to their problems.
Contacted also, Chief Ben Arinze Anyaora, the chairman of the estate, declined comments but referred newsmen to residents whom he said were in a better position to assess development in the area.
By Eche Nwaobasi-Nnewi