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Obiakor Stands Up for Idemili


Chibuzor Obiakor 

Report of the initial on-site environmental study titled Soil Erosion in Ideani Community, which was recently published by WIEF, has been affirmed by Chibuzor Obiakor to be "a good description of the topology of the ground at Ideani. It is also a good geological portrayal of the causes of the problem in Ideani. It is educational and reinforces the base knowledge of those of us that have walked the grounds at these sites".

The former contestant for the Federal House of Representatives seat for the Idemili constituency, who had personally made an inspection tour of erosion-devastated areas of Ideani community, confirmed his awareness of "HRH Igwe H.O. Okoye and president Edmund Okoye's collective struggles and determination to tackle this issue".

"Also included in the struggle is Honorable Chief Anthony Ezechinwoye who represents Idemili North at the Anambra House of Assembly, in whose company I toured these sites with the Igwe and president general of Ideani. We met and talked with the owners of the identified house that is in danger of being washed away", Obiakor said.

In response to a request from the leadership of WIEF to lend his weight of experience to expedite similar soil erosion studies in his hometown community of Ogidi, Obiakor responded, "I am interested in more than Ogidi. I want to look at all of Idemili North, possibly Idemili South too. But, I'll get to work to see if we can set up a meeting for WIEF with all the PG's and other stakeholders in Idemili North".

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.



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