The Federal Government has commenced processes to begin gully erosion and flood control works at Oghoghe/Urualla Ohukabi Aligbara/Ohukabi Ndijibe in Oguduasa, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia state.
The road, which was constructed in 1975, was cut off by a huge gully caused by several years of erosion. Residents of the community have been forced to use a bush path diversion to get to their destinations for over 20 years.
Through the Permanent Secretary of the Ecological Fund Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr. (Mrs.) Habiba Lawal, the FG has now handed over the repair of the site to Messrs Foldams Engineering Company Limited.
Speaking at the weekend during the handover ceremony, Lawal, who was represented by Collins Igwe, a director in the office, noted that reconstruction of the road is one of 20 ecological intervention projects approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the first quarter of 2020.
According to the permanent secretary, the contract was awarded by the EFO’s tenders’ board.
She stated that the Buhari-led administration had resolved that no section of the country would be subjected to neglect.
“It is the resolve of the present administration that no part of the country suffers any neglect, owing to its geographical location or political consideration,” Lawal said.
She disclosed that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to the office by lawmaker representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
Lawal stated that the project would “end the continuous soil erosion and flooding” ravaging Oguduasa communities when completed while urging residents to give the contractor and consultant the required support.
“This will also go a long way in mitigating the impact of associated flooding being experienced within Oguduasa communities.
“The intervention is to be implemented for the overall wellbeing of the communities,” she added.
On her part, Onyejeocha noted that the project could not be executed in 2007 “because of a lack of design.”
The lawmaker said she reminded the president about the erosion, when she accompanied traditional rulers from Oguduasa on a courtesy visit to Aso Rock. She thanked Buhari for the approval of the project.
“I reminded the president about the road as a condition for my constituency to vote for him. In 2019, the Ecological Fund Office visited the constituency and identified 10 erosion sites. Just two weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved it.
“The road is critical to the economy of the area and the gully erosion poses serious danger to the lives of the natives, motorists and commuters.
“The erosion site also provides a safe haven for kidnappers, robbers and rapists, who regularly attack unsuspecting travelers,” Onyejeocha added.
The consultant, Farukuoye Adeyinka, stated that the project would be delivered between four and six months.