From Ezeike Obele, Nnewi
The people of Ichi community in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state have described their representative in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Chris Emeka Azubogu, as the Joshua of the present day, in their lives. The people expressed this at the weekend during the commencement of construction work on the gully erosion that has ravaged the area over time. The erosion is said to have not only washed away many residential homes, farmlands but also claimed many lives, especially school children at various times.
Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of Ekwusigo local government area, Hon. Ikenna Ofordeme noted with regret that the erosion menace had remained a thorn in the flesh of the people as well as serious threat to human existence to the of Ichi community. He lamented that the worst hit (by the erosion) was Obiofia village, saying that the havoc had gone beyond the ability of the council area. He opined that it was the federal government that could deal decisively with the problem posed by the gully erosion.
Mr. Jeremiah Chukwumaeze, one of the villagers whose residential building was at the mercy of the advancing gully erosion, tearfully narrated how his poultry industry, economic trees had been washed away by the gully erosion, recalling that, in 2005, his twin school children who were returning home from school were carried by the erosion, with their decomposing bodies later discovered few days after. He said that his joy knew no bounds when he saw the earth-moving machine working on the site. He noted that Nnewi Federal Constituency had been having representatives at the house of representatives but that it was only during Hon. Azubogu’s tenure that the people truly and positively felt the impact of federal house representation.
He told the Orient Daily that Hon. Azubogu, through his fruitful interventionist effort, has been attracting development-driven projects for the betterment of the people.
The contractor handling the project, Mr. Milad, informed that the construction work will be done within one of two weeks, baring no emergency situation. He enthused that the job would be completed on schedule and that all the materials for the work have been provided.
Fielding questions from Orient Daily shortly after the tour of the erosion sites, Hon. Chris Emeka Azubogu said that what he did was the official handover of all the approved erosion sites in his constituency to the contractors handling them. He informed that, through his interventionist effort as a federal law maker, the federal government approved that construction work begin immediately on the sites due to the gravity of the problem.
He said that the affected erosion sites handed over to the contractors were Oraifite, Ukpor,Ichi,MbanaguOtolo and the UruUmudim erosion site. He reiterated his resolve and total commitment to ensuring that the people of his constituency got what belonged to them, saying his priority was to give the “federal constituency the needed exposure”. He continued that he would always table the challenges of the constituency before the federal government. He pledged that, if given the opportunity to serve more, more dividends of democracy would be expected from him.
The traditional ruler of Ezinifite community in Nnewi South local government area, L.G.A, Igwe Samuel Obika, together with the president general of the community, Barr. Egwuonyibo Okoye, expressed joy over fruitful intervention by the member Hon. Azubogu. They noted that the erosion problem, if checked, would facilitate the link between Ezinifite community and other towns in Imo state.