From all indications the Ecological challenges confronting Erosion Affected areas of Abia-North Senatorial District of Abia State will soon come to an end based on the intervention of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu which has attracted the attention of the Buhari Led Federal Government.
Occasioned by the untold hardship experienced by Abia-North constituents due to the ecological disaster the Chief Whip of the 9th National Assembly Senator Orji Kalu via a letter to the Federal Government dated 14th August 2019 called for further urgent intervention of the Federal Government and has since attracted the attention of the Presidency.
The newly affected communities and locations are within the ABIA STATE UNIVERSITY VIA JUNCTION ROAD in Isiukwuato Local Government Area of Abia State having about 6 (six) Gully Erosion Sites.
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in a separate letter addressed to the Office of Secretary to the Federal Government obtained by sources Dr. Kalu sought for further urgent intervention in the gully affected communities by approving their reconstruction in the next intervention budget.
The Federal Government had earlier responded to Sen Kalu’s letter through the Ecological Fund Management Committee, acknowledging that the government had graciously approved his request.
The response read“I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated 10th July 2019, on the above subject matter and to inform you that your request has been captured in Ecological Fund Office data bank for further necessary action”, the acknowledgement letter partly read.
The letter dated July 18, was signed by Engr. F. O. Okeke, the Director, Soil Erosion and Flood Control Department, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ecological Fund Office.
Meanwhile , Kalu’s letter which captured erosion prone areas in (a) Abiriba and Ohafia Highway in Ohafia LGA;
(b) Elu/Amaekpu/Ugwueobenzu Hospital Road Ohafia LGA;
(c) Nkporo Ubibia Itumbuzo Ring Road;
(d) Bende Town, Bende LGA was yesterday expanded with further addition of (e) Abia State University arena via Akara junction road in Isuikwato Local Government of Abia State .
Kalu stated that his constituents are mainly agrarians who rely on daily incomes from their farms and pleaded with the Federal Government to save his constituent with urgent action on the gully district.