Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Hon. Cater Dike Nnamdi Umeh, the lawmaker representing Aguata one state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly has expressed concern over the devastating effects of erosion menace in the area.
The lawmaker who narrated the blight cast on his constituency by erosion, maintained that about 13 families were currently taking refuge in churches because their homes were submerged by landslides.
He said all the six towns of Aguata one constituency were plagued by erosion and that it was a precarious situation in his constituency because the landslides kept expanding and escalating without control measures in place.
The lawmaker who disclosed the pitiable conditions of his constituency to our correspondent in Awka, said that erosion had done more harm than good to his constituency. He explained that at the moment, there were three major terrible erosion sites in his constituency apart from numerous others.
Umeh, who listed the erosion sites to include Umueze-Uga erosion site, Achina and Umuchu erosion sites, stated that Akpo, Amesi, Mkpologwu were all erosion-infested communites, noting that some of them were those he termed federal government erosion sites because of the magnitude of the gully.
He however appealed to the executive arm of the government in Anambra to embark on remedial works on the erosion sites, stressing that many people had been displaced from their homes due to erosion menace in Aguata one constituency. Just as he equally drew attention to the fact that victims of Umueze-Uga erosion devastations were taking shelter in different nearby churches in the interim.
While urging his constituents not to build structures on waterways and drainage system, the lawmaker also suggested the use of catchment pits as temporary measure to channel water properly as well as reduce erosion devastations.