ABAGANA PEOPLE THAN GOVERNMENT OVER WORK ON EROSION SITE
By …. Asoanya
The traditional ruler of Abagana, Igwe Patrick Mbamalu Okeke, and his people have expressed gratitude to the Enugu State Government for putting an end to the erosion menace which has threatened life and property in the area and also cut them off from their neighbours for the past 20 years. They gave the commendation while commenting on the progress of work at the Obianugu Umuduru erosion site being presently executed by NEWMAP in collaboration with the World Bank and the state government; while the work is being undertaken by CHEZ AVIV Engineering Company.
While thanking the government for coming to the aid of the community and expressing satisfaction at the pace of work on the site, Igwe Okeke recalled the hardship the community went through for over twenty years, as a result of the devastation caused by the erosion. He expressed the hope that the contractors will complete the work on time.
Some members of the community including Mr. Okechukwu Nwankwo and Mrs. Cecilia Okonkwo, who spoke to our reporter narrated their ordeal caused by the erosion for over twenty years.They said that the erosion had cut them off from their neighbouring villages, thus making them to trek long distances in order to relate with their neighbours for business or social activities.
They expressed joy with the State Government and its partners for putting smile on their faces by embarking on the erosion project
Speaking on the pace of work at the site, the site Engineer, Engr.Onyedikachi Ude, disclosed that the erosion is two parts – the finger one and finger two. He added that while the total length of the erosion from Finger One is above two kilometers out of which work has been completed on a distance of about 720 meters. He added that they have covered 200 meters from Finger 2 which
Has a total length of 300 meters.