Erosion Menace : Obiano braves heavy rains to Inspect Works.
By Obika Chidiebele.
I like quoting De Tocqueville, who vividly captures the pattern of governance Ndi Anambra are experiencing today. The political historian says, “for every democracy, the people get the government they deserve”. In Anambra, we have a government that has chosen to deliver to the people the true representation of what governments should be.
In light of this, today, the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano braved the heavy rains to inspect works at two different sites (Uke and Umuawulu) and to flag off erosion control works at Oraifite.
The governor while commenting at the gully erosion site at Oraifite said, “I have instructed my team to commence work immediately in this place. Truly, Anambra is the smallest state in Nigeria, courtsey of erosion, but we must struggle to deliver the best to our people”.
In a similar development, Gov. Obiano inspected the level of work at the Uke and Umuawulu erosion control sites. Of special attention is the Umuawulu site, where gully erosion, aided by a flash flood, washed off the tarmac and divided the road into halves.
The Nibo-Umuawulu road which serves as a short cut to Awgbu, Agulu, Amaokpara, Amawbia, Awka and others, four days ago was cut off by erosion. Speaking during the inspection, Gov. Obiano said, “We are working in fifteen similar sites currently, we know its rainy season, but we can’t stop because our people need these roads. Anambra has over 950 active erosion sites today, so we won’t rest because our people are affected.”
The governor who went further to declare that by tomorrow, the Umuawulu road will be opened to commuters, warned that Ndi Anambra should be mindful of our fragile environment. He added that if one encounters a flash flood, one should not drive against it, one should pull over for a few minutes for it to subside, and then continue.
In his address, the Igwe of Umuawulu, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Dr. Joel. M. Egwuonwu, Eze Udo II na Umuawulu, appreciated governor Willie Obiano for his timely intervention on the road. In his words, “The Commissioner for Works, and Anambra State Road Maintaince Agency, swiftly mobilized to site as early as 8am, the morning the ugly incident happened. Recall it was at night, but as the day broke, the officials of Anambra Government concerned were here, we thank you. God will continue to guide and protect you. These great works you are doing for us, God will reward you abundantly” Igwe Umuawulu said.
In his remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Harford Oseke thanked Gov. Obiano for delivering in all sectors of governance. He went on to lend his voice in appreciating the proactive measure exerted here by the agencies concerned. “Your Excellency, you made the right choices, truly Willie is working and we are happy”.
Now, you may recall that the governor returned two days ago from a China trip where he joined the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for a conference on China -Africa investment forum. He has just swung into action inaugurating Boards, flagging off erosion control and inspecting works in some locations, this could only be done by someone who feels concern and caters for the needs of the masses.
Ndi Anambra are receiving the dividend of democracy they deserve.