Lawmakers urge government to control Ngene-Okwuazu-INEC road-Umueri gully erosion
By Anastacia Agunwa :
Awka, May 21, 2020 (MOI) Anambra Lawmakers have urged Government to direct relevant authorities to control gully erosion ravaging Ngene-Okwuazu-INEC road in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA).
This is a road linking Anambra West Local Government Area from Anambra East.
The House gave the suggestion, following a motion sponsored by Mr Patrick Udoba, representing Anambra West constituency during plenary at the State Assembly on May 19.
Speaker of the House, Mr Uchenna Okafor, who presided over the session, read out the resolution, while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice votes.
Okafor noted that erosion was one of the major problems facing the state saying: ``we have a government that is willing to help to ward-off the plight of the people.
``We encourage the government to direct the necessary agencies and ministries to control the erosion at Ngene road.’’
Mr Udoba said Anambra State was top on the list of erosion-prone states in Nigeria because of its topography and vulnerable soil texture.
``I am disturbed over emergence of gully erosion at Ngene-Okwuazu-Umueri road, which has gradually cut-off the road linking Anambra West to other communities in the state.
``If the erosion is not immediately checked, it will pose serious threat to lives, property and economy of my constituents -- Ndi Anambra West and the entire state.
``I am deeply worried that INEC Road, where Ngene-Okwuazu road is located is the only major link road that connects Anambra West with the rest of Omambala region and the entire state,’’ Mr Udoba said.
Supporting the motion, Deputy Speaker, Mr Paschal Agbodike notes: ``Anambra East and West are among the major food baskets of the state and issues of road in the area should be handled urgently.
``The state does not have a highland mass, most lands have washed away by surging rivers, so the little land mass left should be guarded jealousy,’’ Mr Agbodike said.
He, then, urged Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to rise to the challenge, by taking proactive steps in controlling the erosion.
Majority leader, Mr Nnamdi Okafor observed that roads play key roles in development of infrastructure saying: ``this is a road that leads to a major part of the state’’.
Member representing Ekwusigo Constituency, Mr Onyebuchi Offor spoke on security implication of not having good access road into that area.
``The area is where there had been clashes between farmers and herders; there is no way clashes can be checked by security agencies if the road is cut off.’’ (MOI)