WORK ONGOING AT OZALLA FARMLAND EROSION SITE
By Esther Asoanya
Abagana (Njikoka LGA), Sept. 13, 2018 (MOI)
Work has been progressing at slow but steady pace at the Ozalla farmland, Abagana affected by erosion menace.
The job has reached the retaining wall stages.
Transition Committee Chairman, Njikoka LGA, Mr George Ozoh, who took newsmen round the site, said the project was being handled by Anambra State Government.
He commended Gov. Willie Obiano for his intervention, saying that ``even though erosion is capital intensive and beyond the state, the government has been massively providing the funding required.
``Gov. Obiano is already stretching the state’s lean resources to the rescue of the area, in order to save lives and property of residents of the area,’’ Ozo said.
``Massive work will begin as soon as the rains stops,’’ the chairman assured.
``This erosion has been a nightmare to the people for a very long time. We appreciate the assistance given to the community and the LG,” he said.
It was, however, observed that work was though progressing at rather slow pace because of the intervening rains.
In spite of the rains, a handful of workers were seen busy engaging in one form of task or the other at the site.
It was also observed that the gully at the back of nearby Ozalla Primary School was being sand filled, with a drainage also being constructed to prevent further collapse.
Site Engineer, Mr Godwin Offor of I.I.C. Construction Company, said they commenced work at the site in the last three weeks and that it had been progressing smoothly.
``I commend the cooperation we have been receiving from the community and the LG Authority, and promised that when rains subside, we will redouble our efforts to meet the stipulated time-frame,” he added.
President-General, Abagana Welfare Union, Sir Ike Onwuadi, reiterated the community’s efforts to control the erosion to include bamboo tree planting and ban on stone mining in the area.