Abia community laments erosion menace, seeks govt intervention Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

The Ohuhu clan in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State has called on the federal and state governments to come to their aid as gully erosion is presently ravaging the community.

The appeal was made at a meeting by Ohuhu leaders of thought, elders and community leaders at the country home of Chief Amanze Udenze in Umuele Aforugiri.

In a save-our-soul letter, the community lamented that the gully erosion was already encroaching on Isi Okata and had almost divided the access road from Umuahia to the Ohuhu clan.

The residents urged governments at the federal and state levels to urgently come to their aid by reclaiming the remaining portion of the road and to also check further encroachment.

The group also condemned moves to relocate the permanent site of the National Open University of Nigeria from the Ohuhu Community Secondary School, Amaogwugwu, by the Federal Government.

Describing as unfortunate efforts to relocate the institution without for mere political interest, the stakeholders called on the university authorities and those plotting the relocation to return the school to its approved venue.

It was gathered that during the meeting, two committees were set up to look into the issues raised with a mandate to interface with the state government and government officials of Ohuhu extraction.

The committees, according to findings, are expected to fashion out the quickest and most potent ways to resolve the issues by ensuring that the attention of both the federal and state governments were drawn to the menace and dangers of gully erosion in Ohuhu.

The committee on the erosion menace is headed by Chief Christopher Igwe with Lucky Akabuike, Mr Ejikeme Ikwunze, Sir R. N. Nwokocha, Chief O. C. Ajunwa and three others as members.

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