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Ebenator seeks govt’s intervention as erosion tears up major access road

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THE people of Ebenator, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State have called for government’s urgent intervention  as erosion ate up a huge portion of an inter-state road in the community.

  The affected portion of the road is located off Ebenator Junction (also known as the Amannalu Junction) and very close to Professor Sam Uzochukwu’s residence. The portion of the road was said to have been long threatened by the Ebenator Erosion Gully (popularly known as Ibo Ebenator), which is unarguably the deepest and most dangerous erosion gully in Anambra State and the south east at large.

  It was gathered that the affected portion of the road is also the ‘head’ of the Ebenator Erosion Gully and major gateway or channel through which floods from other neighbouring communities, such as Osumenyi, Amichi and others, flow into the Ofara River through Ibo Ebenator.

  The gully was also said to have carved in and destroyed many houses, economic trees and crops in the community, wasted many lives, and also recently started escalating the Ebenator Central School, without government’s intervention.

  Speaking with newsmen, the president-general of the community, Dr. Anthony Okechukwu described the erosion menace in the community as a very terrible one, which has troubled the community for decades.

  He highlighted some of the self-help efforts of the community leadership to ameliorate the situation, which only proved to be a minor and insignificant scratch on it, owing to its huge size.

  He noted that the recent escalation of the erosion to the road has not only exposed the residents to a very huge risk, but has also made it impossible for two cars to pass through that section of the road at the same time; and even made it very risky for one car to successfully pass through the section without slowing down and being very meticulous.

  He also urgently called on the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu, who coincidentally hails from Ezinifite, a neighbouring community also connected by the threatened road, to urgently wade into the situation and the menace of erosion gully ravaging the community.

  “This situation has gone beyond community self-help efforts. We urgently need state and federal governments’ intervention,” Dr. Okechukwu added.

  Efforts to the reaction of the state’s Environment Commissioner, Felix Odimegwu on the situation, were unsuccessful as his phone number was not connecting, as at the time of this publication.  

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