Abandoned NDDC Road Project Causes Erosion In Abia Communities
The people of Ngodo communities in Umuahia South LGA of Abia state are at the risk of extinction due to a threatening gully erosion site emanating from an abandoned road project by Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
At least 10 houses have been submerged in gullies by erosion and many people rendered homeless in three Ngodo villages of Umuekwaa, Umuokwasa and Mgbarakuma in Umunwanwa, a road leading to Mbaise, Imo state.
It was observed that some of the affected buildings included a storey apartment, ancestral homes, and farmland.
A Catholic Priest from the area, Rev Fr. Christian Uche Anokwuru traced the history of the gully erosion sites to the abandoned NDDC Umuwanwa road which was awarded over a decade ago.
He disclosed that the distortion of the road by NDDC contractor gave birth to the various gullies created within Ngodo autonomous community.
"Our people are farmers and today we can't access the road to sell our produce, we have also lost our streams, we can't drink good water again because erosion have taken the streams away, our source of water are no longer there, we go to far communities to get water.
"You can also see our roads are very bad, the distance this place is from the town, people die out of emergency situations because they could not find a vehicle which can take them to the hospital in the town, they run into complications and people die on the way.
“We are calling on NDDC, ecological fund office to help us, this problem can be salvaged, people have run to their maternal homes, Ngodo is no longer a safe place, we have no government presence here.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Ngodo autonomous community, His Royal Highness Eze Stephen Ihuoma said the gully erosion sites have brought untold hardship to the community as farmlands are being destroyed, he also noted that most of their roads have been cut off especially the only road leading to Ngodo.
The Chairman, Umuekwaa village still within Ngodo autonomous community, Chief Nwosu Chimezie said the Obuba Nwosuocha gully erosion site is as old as the community itself.
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