Saturday, 1 August 2015

Gully Erosion, Flood Chases Ex-CBN Governor Prof. Charles Soludo's Hometwon Away

Isuofia community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State has lamented the rate in which gully erosion, among other ecological disaster threatened their lives and sent save our souls (sos) message to the state government for quick intervention.

The community is the hometown of the Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo; [post_ad] erstwhile commissioner for Environment in Anambra State, Evaristus Uba, to mention but a few notable heads in the country. observed that the environmental degradation has cut-off the major roads leading to the agrarian community, made-up of six villages such as Akulu, Okpoko, Ozala, Isiaku, Umueze and Ezioka; forcing them to untold hardship and inability to transport and market their farm produce to the wider world.

This is even as our reporter reliably gathered that the endangered farmers and school children scamper for safety whenever it rains so as to avoid been flooded.

Speaking to, a-76 year old indigene of Isuofia, Mr. Felix Ezeobiora, lamented that flood has not only wrecked havoc upon his household, but also shared his compound and rooms with them for about ten years now.

On his part, the Vice-Chairman of Akulu village, Chief Cletus Ezeogu, while recounting how the various roads were washed away, alleged that contractors handling Akulu-Nanka road had abandoned the project, even as its half done job had also been washed.

Ezeogu, who added that his people had cried to Anambra State Government time without number in vain, stressed that for 25 years inhabitants of the area continuously dwell in fear, parents and elderly ones often lead their children to and fro schools to avoid been trapped by gully erosion.

Confirming this report, the President-General of Isuofia Peoples Union Federated, Chief Ogechukwu Onuorah disclosed that he fear that the entire community may be washed away if not checkmated now.

“We tried our best to avert the disaster through palliative works but that is not enough to tackle the voluminous flooding…Major roads leading to Okpoko village that connect three other villages have been cut-off completely. Ezioka Model Primary School which is still under construction narrowly escaped the menace due to our prompt intervention…” he said.

While noting that the state government once gave them N1.5 million for palliative work on the roads but it was not enough to confront the problem, he said that his people often develop High Blood Pressure (HBP) between APRIL to NOVEMBER every year, because according to him, it is time, the ecological problems doubles its aggression.

The Traditional Ruler of Isuofia, HRH Igwe Col. Christopher A. Okoli Moughalu, while noting that his community has produced notable individuals, who had worked at both federal and state government levels, disclosed that they have also tried to stop the issue within their respective capacity, but the flood flowing from Umuona to Ekwulobia constitute much havoc.

Calling on the state government to come to their aide, the Monarch, who doubles as the Chairman, Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers, therefore called on the state government to appoint and mobilise environmental experts to tour round erosion trouble areas in the state to obtain substantial reports that will assist in controlling erosion and flooding.



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