Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lawmaker Sends Save Our Soul Message to Gov. Obiano, President Buhari

Hon. Ifedioranma.: Photo credit, Okechukwu Onuegbu

Okechukwu Onuegbu

The lawmaker representing Njikoka 1 State Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Timothy Ifedioranma has sent save our soul (SOS) message to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Governor Willie Obiano over the deplorable road condition and erosion menace in the Southeast part of the country.

According to Ifedioranma, houses, roads, economic trees, lives and properties, among other valuables have been lost to ecological problem in the zone, especially during the raining season, and to that effect, people hardly sleep with their two eyes closed.

The legislator, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Ethics, Religion and Pilgrimage further lamented that some part of his constituency are currently facing untold hardship sequel to two gully erosion sites, Ngeneocha at Nawfia, and Osili bridge at Enugwu-ukwu, which have denied their respective occupants access to the world, even as the house of Hon. Dozie Nwankwo, who the 2015 National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal declared winner of Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency may soon bow to the gully if no palliative work is carried out therein.

He said: “The Osili bridge and a sizeable portion of the Enu-Agu village both in Enugwu-ukwu have been adversely affected by a gully erosion thereby occasioning untold hardship on the residents of the affected communities and road users alike. Several houses and other valuable properties including farmlands are on the verge of being gulped by the said erosion menace unless the necessary steps are taken urgently.

“If not the stop of rainfall, death toll in the affected places would have been so numerous…the collapsed bridge has cut-off both communities as they now have no accessible road network. The cost of their transportation is currently too expensive because a minute journey had been turned to 30 minutes journey. There agricultural produce are now marketed among themselves having find it difficult to access market at neighbouring communities. They have further converted the gullies into a dump site for different kinds of waste thereby posing a serious health risk to the nearby residents.

“We are worried that displacement of persons and regression in development are some of the devastating effects that could be induced by the erosion if not properly controlled. Therefore, we are appealing to His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano through the ministry of Environment to carryon palliative works on the erosion sites. And President Muhammadu Buhari and other appropriate authorities like World Bank to come to our rescue because erosion issue and road are too complex for a state government to handle. The entire Southeast needs urgent attention. Mr President should kindly help us towards rehabilitating our deathtrap federal roads and gully erosion sites”.



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