By Uzo Ebele

The people of Nkwelle-Ezunaka community, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra state, have made a ‘Save Our Soul’ (SOS) appeal to Governor Wiliie Obiano and the Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Sharon Ikeazor, to come to their rescue over the devastating effect of erosion menace to the community which resulted in the untimely death
of a tipper driver when his vehicle plunged into a gulley at Ezinkwelle village.

Making the appeal through their caretaker committee chairman, Chief Wilfred Okafor, who also doubles as the Ezinkwelle village chairman,
they stated that the community situation became worse during raining season as the roads became unmotorable.

Lamenting the devastating effect of the erosion menace, Chief Okafor said that they lived at the mercy of the erosion as the roads were not passable especially whenever it rained.

“We have only one access road with a very big gulley which you can call major road that leads to Abakpu in Ezinkwelle village. Abakpu is a very big area, up to a village of its own, and those of us who live there have to park your cars at the hill top, along the Onitsha/Nkwelle-Ezunaka road whenever it rains. It is not motorable especially at this time of the year, vehicles can not pass through there and if you manage to bring your car down to the village, the next two days you will remain there until the road is dry”

“We try to temporary arrest the situation and that is what you are seeing. We sank money there as palliative measure on the road. It is a very big erosion site. We are asking for assistance and needs for government intervention. We know how much we have sunk there, about #100million, a community money. We are crying to Governor Willie Obiano and our own daughter, the Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Sharon Ikeazor. I even want to see her for her to come and see things for herself and other good spirited individuals and organisations to come to our rescue. Government should please, please help us.

“Though we have lost a life already when a tipper was descending the said only access road and because the road was dilapidated and slippery, the tipper plunged into the gulley and the driver died”

“I am optimistic that whoever will be the next Governor, I will rather go and be sleeping in Government House to see the road done.”

“We have strong soil but still appealing to Government to come to our aid before it is late. A portion of the road was done last year, late 2020”.

“As the caretaker chairman of the entire community I am calling on the three tiers of government to also rescue other villages. There are villages worse than this Abakpu Ezinkwelle village. Erosion is
threatening Uruebo, Ezinkwelle, Amuche, Oze and Ifite where I recently got a report of erosion threat. Presently the chairman of Oze village is also trying to do this type of palliative measure which we are doing in Abakpu Ezinkwelle”.

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