Abia Traditional Ruler Seeks Govt Attention Over Gradual Collapse Of Imo River Bridge

Abia Traditional Ruler Seeks Govt Attention Over Gradual Collapse Of Imo River Bridge

By Ify Ashi

The traditional ruler of Oriendu Autonomous community HRH Eze Ambassador Philip Ajomiwe has called on Abia and Imo government to save the Imo river bridge been threatened by erosion.

out for urgent help to safe the Imo river bridge which cut across Abia state which is in the verge of collapsing as a result of erosion.

The Ndu 1 of Oriendu who took press men round the erosion site said the bridge cut across Abia state and very important to Imo and Abia States because is a quick get away.

He stated that the bridge was constructed by chief Onyema Ugochukwu an indigene of Abia state in 2004 when he was the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) chairman.

Eze Ajomiwe noted that before the construction of the bridge his community which is a neighbouring community to Ihitti Uboma in Imo state had to travel to the town to board a vehicle going to Imo state but the bridge made it easy as within few minutes they are already in Imo state adding that the
bridge have been a great asset to both States.

The traditional ruler revealed that on account of the good work he gave to chief Onyema Ugochukwu the chieftaincy title Owubiri Imo of Abia state because he brought a big development to the community including the two states.

Ajomiwe who is also a pastor of repute lamented the damage and destruction erosion has done across Southeast adding that according to statistics Abia alone have up to 1000 active erosion sites.

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Eze revealed that so many persons have abandoned their homes across the zone to look for shelter elsewhere because their houses have carved in inside the gully pointing that with this year rain if nothing is done he fears more persons would be homeless.

He called on the federal government to urgently address the erosion problem across the zone and further call on Abia and Imo state government to come to their help and bring palliative measures to salvage the bridge from further carving in.

The traditional ruler disclosed that the erosion sites in south east are huge and alarming, he noted that this erosion sites started developing little by little but years of abandonment by successive government led the gully to what they now while pleading that urgent steps be taken to safe the Imo river bridge.

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