A BIG relief has come for many public and private buildings being threatened by gully erosion at the Executive Business District, Awka, following intensified flood control works in the layout, and the contractor handling the project, IDC Limited, aims to reclaim the badly damaged locations.
The hitherto fast expanding deep gully had already swallowed up large portions of land around the Imoka stream, cutting the major roads linking Alex Ekwueme Square with the new Federal Government Secretariat under construction as well as the Zik’s Place (Permanent Government House), abandoned by the defunct ex-Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju’s (Odera) administration.
Other public buildings seriously threatened by the erosion gully are the sprawling State Judiciary Headquarters, Federal High Court, Judges’ Quarters and the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) secretariat with other private hotels and residential buildings in the vicinity.
According to the site manager of IDC Ltd, Engr Zubi, the tempo of work was slacked at the peak of rainy season due to huge losses of materials being washed away by flood at the massive drainage project site, but with the receding rainfalls, construction works would be intensified.
When our roving reporter visited the site, heavy-duty earth-moving equipment were busy at work with tippers conveying sand and stones to the site for refilling of the erosion gullies.