Erosion: Anambra Govt Renews Call To Declare State Of Emergency On Roads

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Willie Obiano

Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano, has asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency on erosion menace in the state.

He said that there are more than nine hundred active erosion sites in the state adding that even though his administration has intervened in about fourteen sites, Anambra state government cannot control the gully erosion devastation alone.

He further said that the erosion site at Obeleagu Ozalla Road, Onitsha has started to receive the attention of Anambra state government.

Governor Willie Obiano who visited the site for on -the -spot assessment of the impact of the erosion on the entire area assured however that he will continue to intervene, despite the state meager funds.

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On arrival at the site, tractors and workers were seen working on the devastated thirty-five meters deep gully, which has affected about forty buildings with many more under threat.

He expressed optimism that within the period in question, the water source will be reached and diverted, while expressing empathy at the anxiety of residents, he urged people living in houses close to the site, to consider relocating in the interim.

Obiano said that the contractor had given assurances to control the erosion in twenty days, pointing out that they will work day and night to deliver on the project.

The Commissioner for Works, Engineer Marcel Ifejiofor, who gave a brief 0 of the project, said that his Ministry is working with the contractor, to ensure strict compliance with standard.

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In his remarks, Mr. Youseff Yusuf of the construction company handling the project, who reiterated commitment to complying with standards, applauded residents of the area for cooperating with them, promising that the ongoing work on the flood diversion channel will be delivered within the stipulated time.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Primus Odili, among others, accompanied the Governor on the inspection, while some Onitsha cabinet members and residents were on ground to receive them.

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