Chibuzor Obiakor pledged not only to sponsor the get-together of all the town union leaders and political leaders of note in Idemili North and South local government areas to deliberate on the erosion study project, but he also stated that he will be in Nigeria soon to personally ensure a total success of the undertaking.
Reacting to a comment on whether his hometown is afflicted by the scourge of soil and gully erosion as is the case elsewhere in Anambra state, Obiakor said that "some of the erosion sites in Ogidi are comparable to that of Urueze village in Ideani. They actually threaten the economic wellbeing of Anambra State because the sites, if left unchecked, will swallow the Used Motor Parts Market in Ogidi/Nkpor, and the Flour Market in Ogidi. I do not think that Anambra can afford to do without the Used Motor Parts market and trade."
Explaining further, he said: "these erosion sites are located west of the Enugu - Onitsha Expressway behind these markets in the part of Ogidi called Ndiagu Ikenga. As a bearing, start at Tarzan Junction along the expressway, heading to Enugu from Onitsha. All that land, about quarter of a mile deep to the left, from the junction to the about Zenith Bank at the flour market (less than a mile to the old toll gate), are erosion sites. The trench of water that cause this menace comes from Umuoji. After moderate to heavy rain fall, parts of the expressway around the locations depicted above are impassable". He warned that "if these sites are allowed to continue expanding, they would wipe out the agricultural towns of Ozze, Nsugbe and southwestern parts of Nkwelle Ezunnaka in Oyi Local Government Area".
Chibuzor Obiakor, while congratulating WIEF "for pointing the way, by beginning the required documentation that would go a long way to proffering a lasting solution to the problem", emphasized that "it is time to mobilize the political, economic and commonsense will to combat a menace that threatens all of our ancestral land".
"Every hand must come to the deck", Obiakor concluded.