RESIDENTS of Udezu Village, Achalla, in Awka North Local Government Area,Anambra State have called on Anambra State Government to come to their rescue the over gully erosion ravaging their area.
The community is also known as Ugwu Nso in Achalla town.
In an interview with a landowner and General Overseer, True Covenant of God Church, Raphael Mozie Egbuna, he said the gully erosion had been a big menace, pulling down some buildings and destroying many property.
He said that he had once spent about N500, 000 to control the ravaging erosion, even with the help of another stakeholder in the area, Mr Emma Nwakamma, a Director in Orange Oil Company, situated in the area.
“This has been ineffective in containing the menace that has now surpassed what we can handle.”
The priest explained that Achalla is full of mineral resources – it has abundance of sand for building that builders had been accessing.
This had been a big challenge as tipper drivers could no longer make it into the area to excavate the building sand.
According to Egbuna, past and present administrations, including the current government have twice visited the area and we are still awaiting intervention.
One of the residents of Ugwu Nso, C. Oyi, who took information officers round the erosion site, said that much destruction was yet to be attended to in the area.
Mr Oyi, then, pleaded with government to come to their aid in order to avoid more disasters.
Meanwhile, another village, Umudiani Village, Achalla, is also calling the attention of government to the gully erosion devastating their area.
While speaking with the supervisor, Kingspat Production Nigeria Ltd. where the erosion site was situated, Mr Nwangene Udochukwu said the gully had been there since the past four years.
He said the erosion had been responsible for low production and distribution of their goods, because of inconveniences to workers and patronisers.
Nwangene also said that their director, Mr Kingsley Uyammadu had reached the government through the Ministry of Works, but that there had not been any positive response.
One of the residents and an indigene, Mrs Nneka Chijindu lamented that they could not move freely in their area for their businesses for fear of the erosion. She called on government to come to their rescue.