Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Minister pledges to quickly rehabilitate erosion site in Abia

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Usani Uguru Usani, has promised that steps will be urgently taken to rehabilitate the gully erosion site in Nkwoagu-Isuochi in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia.

Usani made the promise during a working visit to the site on Wednesday.

He expressed regret that the contractor awarded the contract to rehabilitate the site in 2010 had not lived up to expectation.

The minister said it was sad that there was nothing to show for the job, which would have impacted positively on the lives of the people of the area when completed.

He blamed the situation on the inability of the agency that awarded the contract to follow up the contract after awarding it.

Usani said that he was displeased with the devastation done by erosion which had destroyed part of the road linking Abia and Anambra communities.

He promised to liaise with the management of Niger Delta Development Commission to ensure that measures were taken on the erosion site to stop any hazard that could occur on the road.

Earlier, Mr Ikedi Ezekwesiri, the member representing Umunneochi State Constituency in the Abia House of Assembly, called for urgent attention on the road to save the council headquarters and some Federal Government agencies.

Ezekwesiri called on the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to mobilise resources to save lives and property in the area.

"If the erosion is not checked speedily it will consume the main road, village secondary school built over five decades ago, the police station , among other places," he added.

Also, Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, the member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, appealed to the minister to come to the aid of Nkwoagu-Isuochi people.

Onyejiocha said that there was a need for urgent rehabilitation of the area which had been ravaged by erosion.