Danger looms in Anambra State as erosion sites widen submerging houses as well as chasing people out of their homes. Lawmakers in the state say woe betide government should lives be lost to the landslides.
The lawmakers stated that erosion devastation in their various constituencies was issue of urgent public importance and that government should be proactive in addressing ecological problem.
Speaking to journalists in Awka, the minority leader of the state House of assembly and member representing Ekwusigo State Constituency, Onyebuchi Augustine Ofor, disclosed that the erosion site in Oraifite has eaten up over four houses as well as rendered over 400 persons homeless.
He further disclosed that if no action was taken to remedy the situation, innocent lives would be lost to the landslide thereby appealing to the state Ministry of Environment through the governor to come to the aid of the people of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Also lawrence Chukwuwike Ezeudu representing Dunukofia State Constituency told news men about the devastating erosion site at Ukpo by-pass in Dunukofia council area.
He recalled that remedial works commenced on the erosion site last year but disclosed that before long, the project was abandoned saying; “It is very scary that one of these days, we might wake up to hear that a whole family perished in the gully.’
Ezeudu, however, reasoned that Ukpo by-pass was one of the most important roads that traverse Anambra-central senatorial district.
The lawmaker maintained that his constituents instructed him to prevail on the governor as well as direct the commissioner for Environment and some others, to immediately relocate to site to avoid impending doom in the state.
Ikem Uzoezie, representing Aguata 2 state constituency, also reasoned that should the 2018 rainy season meet the road in question, it might cut it into two, if the project was not completed on time.
He equally recalled when motion on the state of the road was moved on the floor of the state House of assembly last year but was astonished that the project has not been completed thereby putting the lives of road users in jeopardy.
While lending his voice too to erosion menace in the state, the lawmaker representing Njikoka 1 state constituency, Timothy Ifedioramma, noted that it was important and very pertinent that the erosion menace at Ukpo by-pass should be tackled with alacrity, stressing that it is a death-trap and more than 20 feet deep; that any vehicle that plunged into the gully would be a disaster, pointing out that urgent steps should be taken to remedy the situation to save the lives of many Nigerians plying the erosion-infested road.
While ruling on the matter, the Speaker of the, Rita Maduagwu, said that the truth of the matter was that erosion was not only a state problem but also a federal concern.
She said the House equally extended appeal to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) as well as the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to come to the aid of the people.
According to her, the House also resolved that Governor Willie Obiano directs the commissioner for Environment, Ecology and Beautification and other relevant ministries to resume work at the erosion site to avert the growing and threatening danger at the erosion site at Ukpo by-pass Dunukofia state constituency.