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Residents flee as erosion gully submerge houses in Ebenator

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THE havoc of gully erosion at Obinugwu and Umunwune Ebenator in Nnewi South Local Council Government has attracted emergency relocation of residents of the area to safer places in the town where they can sleep with two eyes closed.

  President General, Ebenator Development Union (E.D.U) , Tony Okechukwu told our correspondent that the gully erosion has submerged not less than 25 houses since its agonising sting every rainy season for over a decade.

  Comrade Okechukwu, who spoke from the site of the gully erosion with his vice, Francis Ndubuogalanya, regretted that the Central School within the area is on the verge of being submerged, having lost her football field to the gully. This, according to the PG and his vice led to parents and guardians withdrawing their children from the school for distant safer schools.

  The P.G lamented that they have not slept over it or rested on their oars but wrote series of S.O.S letters to the Commissioner for Environment since they were elected into office two years ago and are anxiously expecting visible and practical approach to the worrisome gully erosion which has divided the village into two.

Okechukwu appreciated the good governance of Governor Obiano, whom he said dished out N20 million choose your project fund, which E.D.U Administration has wisely used to build a Civic Centre and two separate modern market lock up shops of Nkwo Ebenator Market.

  He said that entire people of Ebenator have been practical supporters of his administration and APGA at all elections as records could depict.

  The community, he revealed, has installed electricity services through the contact of EEDC which according to him, will attract investors both within and outside the community.

  The E.D.U. Vice President, Ndubuogalanya, a Port Harcourt based legal luminary appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to revisit the construction of the gully erosion his predecessors started but has been ravaged beyond recognition as the site wears pitiable outlook presently.

Chairman of Electricity Committee, Chief Anthony Ohabueze, expressed joy at the co-operation EEDC gave them for the expeditious electricity services in the town.

  Former P.G of the town, Chief Cletus Esomonu, commended the effort of his successors, Tony Okechukwu, Frank Ndubuogalanya and the entire E.D.U executive, who   are working for the betterment of the town.  

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