Ravaging gully erosion is threatening to cut off residents of Iguo-Osaigie, Utteh, Iguo-Hana, Iguo-Efosa, Oke-Okehn, Okun-Magiajemen communities in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State from other parts of the state.
Also affected are staff and students of the University of Benin, UNIBEN, who reside in the affected communities. A visit to the area by NDV showed that the gully has already cut off the alternative route and crossed Border Bridge linking Ugbowo to Ikpoba River.
Some other areas affected include the area housing the Senior Staff Club and Senior Staff Quarters of the university.
Stops Ekosodin road construction
The rampaging gully erosion also halted the ongoing construction of the Ekosodin road that links the area to the New Lagos-Benin expressway. A signpost indicated the Niger- Delta Development Commission, NDDC had apparently awarded the contract in the past.
Over 5 communities grounded — Obayiuwana, Efosa community scribe
Secretary-General of Efosa community, Comrade Aghahowa Obayinwana, pleaded with relevant authorities to intervene and put an end to the innumerable damages the gullies have done to them. (Vanguard)