A massive gully of great depth has cut the Ukpo bypass to Enugu- Onitsha Expressway in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.This has hampered vehicular movement and evacuation of farm produce from several communities lying along the route.
Governor Willie Obiano while assessing the extent of devastation by the erosion pledged quick intervention to salvage the situation.
The gully developed gradually from the drainage along Akpu and Obinagu villages of Ukpo through which flood was channeled into a nearby stream.
However, because of the enormity of the floods, the drainage started caving in, thereby creating a deep gully in the process.
Anambra State Government had already commenced the construction of retaining walls on the gully before it started eating into the bypass.
Assessing the devastation, Governor Willie Obiano, who pledged to control the erosion in the next one month, noted that the bypass was of huge economic importance to the state.
Governor Obiano explained that his administration had committed huge resources in controlling erosion in Ideani, Nnobi, Oraukwu, Ogidi and other parts of the state.
He called for the payment of money owed the state by the federal government to enable it make more ecological interventions in the area.
Member, representing Dunukofia Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, who attributed the gully to faulty engineering designs on the road, applauded government’s urgent intervention in the problem.
A resident of the area, Madam Bridget Obah, who lamented that their farms and houses have been destroyed by the gully, stated that only government could rescue them from the situation.
The President General of Ukpo community, Mr Vincent Oyiliagu, appreciated the governor for visiting the site of the menace.