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Anambra Assembly urges attention to Ekwulobia-Umunze Rd erosion menace

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 ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has urged the state government to urgently direct the Commissioners for Works and Environment to engage all possible means to forestall the erosion menace on the Ekwulobia-Umunze Road within the Isulo axis. 

The House passed the resolution following a motion of `Urgent Public Importance’ sponsored by a member, representing Orumba South Constituency, Mr Emmanuel Nwafor during plenary . 

Mr Edward Ibuzo, representing Onitsha North ll State Constituency seconded the motion. 

The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, who presided over the plenary, expressed confidence in the state government to rise to the occasion by implementing the motion. 

The Speaker read out the motion to the floor of House for adoption while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice votes. 

Speaking on the motion, Mr Nwafor expressed worries that the imminent collapse of the road section would cause a lot of havoc in the area that might adversely affect the newly inaugurated National Open University, Isulo. 

According to Nwafor, I am concerned that the deplorable condition of this Isulo axis of this road and the gully erosion in the area is closing the major road; the Umunze-Ekwulobia road. 

“Ekwulobia-Umunze road is the only access to major towns like Umunze, Ekwulobia, Oko and even the local government headquarters at Orumba North and South, and Imo/Abia States. 

“The road at Isulo axis is virtually collapsing and it is the only road that leads to Orumba South, and at the centre of the road is a ditch, very soon, it will start causing accidents as vehicles will be colliding because there is no control. 

“I have been trying as much as possible to put cautionary plates around the area so that people do not fall into the ditch. 

“Ekwulobia-Umunze road is the only access road to the three tertiary institutions in the area; Federal Polytechnic Oko, National Open University, Isulo and the Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze.” 

The lawmakers, who spoke in favour of the motion were Mr Emeka Aforka, representing Orumba North State Constituency, Mr Somtochukwu Udeze, representing Ogbaru 11 Constituency, Mr Pete Ibida, representing Njikoka 11, Mr Douglas Egbuna (Onitsha North 1) and Mr Ejike Okechukwu, representing Anaocha ll Constituency. 

The lawmakers expressed passion for the people of the two local government areas; Orumba North and South, saying that their lives were being threatened ,as well as the socio-economic lives of the people. 

They said that if nothing was done immediately, the road would cut off and pose challenges to the lives of the people of the area and other road users. 

They stressed the need for the state government to urgently come to the aid of the people, describing the road as strategic that could not be neglected as the infrastructure and agricultural produce of the area could be lost to erosion.

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