Obiano inspects Obosi erosion, Nkpor roads construction
*assures to deliver Odume layout erosion site in March
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
Gov Willie Obiano has said that his administration would fully complete control and reclamation works on the major erosion menace along the Minaj-Onitsha Military Barracks Road, Odume Layout, Obosi before the end of next month, March 2018. And as well as many other roads under construction within Nkpor and Obosi area before the rain sets. Gov Obiano made this known during his inspection exercise in the area yesterday.
The erosion challenge which occurred mid-last year, had caused a major gully that was deep enough to submerge a 10-storey tall building, destroying many buildings/property and displacing residents in the area.
It was however the prompt intervention of the State Government after the Governor’s emergency visit to the site last year, that control and reclamation works to commenced on the site.
On his inspection visit to the site yesterday, Gov Obiano observed that the erosion has been fully controlled with a network of roads totalling about 6 kilometers being constructed to enable proper channeling of flood water.
The Governor, after assessing progress of work there, noted that his administration has kept to its promise to tackle the erosion challenge, adding that the State government has fully mobilized the contractor to ensure that the project was delivered before the rains set in.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done by the contractor, noting that with the completion of the project, residents of the area who hitherto lived in fear because of the erosion threat, will now heave a sigh of relief.
He assured that the 6km of roads being constructed in the area will also be completed before the end of next month to prevent the recovered road from relapsing to erosion.
The commissioner for Road Infrastructure, furniture and Maintenance, Chief Law Chinwuba who recalled the havoc wrecked by the erosion challenge, thanked Gov Obiano for keeping to his promise to tackle the challenge despite the state’s lean resources. He noted that government had engaged the services of an experienced contractor which explained why the job was delivered with high quality.
The traditional ruler of Obosi, Igwe Chidubem Iweka who led members of his cabinet and youths of the community to welcome the governor, thanked him for his prompt response to their cry when the erosion struck and prayed God to grant him wisdom to continue to steer the affairs of the state positively.
The Site Engineer of the firm handling the project, Mr Issam Farah explained that they are done with the earthwork and promised to hand over a completed project by end of next month.