PHOTOS: Gully Erosion Destroys Kogi Community
Though they have built houses in varying shapes and sizes, they no longer have homes and are now being forced to seek solace elsewhere.
That is the present predicament of some inhabitants of Mauji Community situated in Felele, along the Lokoja-Abuja highway in Kogi State.
The affected people have expressed their displeasure over the nonintervention of the State Government in resolving the situation that has forced them to flee their homes.
The extent of damage the gully erosion has caused was quite significant when Bounce News visited.
Before the gully started seven years ago, Mauji community was known as a place for peace with lots of commercial activities.
One of the residents, Friday Sanni told Bounce News, he is currently working on his drainage system as the gully has eaten up part of his building.
Meanwhile, Adamu Abdulmalik lamented that it is worrisome as they no longer sleep with their eyes closed.
“It is a sad situation, as the rainy season sets in, the gully continues to expand.” He lamented
Abdulmalik revealed that the gully, which started with a crack, was caused by the poor drainage system in the area.
The erosion has denied residents of Mauji community access to electricity and portable water as some of the poles connected to their homes have been affected.
The impact has spread to the ultra-modern park built by the former governor of the state, Idris Wada.
Motorists have also had to suffer with access roads blocked or literally cut off.
Not less than 5 buildings are now desolate as residents have fled to safer communities.
Mauji community leader, Sadiq Yaqub who decried the negligence of the government hinted that the community has equally suffered environmental pollution.
"Residents have carried out several corporate social responsibility programs from filling the erosion with stones to getting chemicals to curb the environmental pollution.
"But all efforts have been futile as the gully keeps expanding".
Sadiq said government officials have been visiting the area over the years but are yet to take proactive measures.
He called on the government to come to their aid and put a stop to the menace.