Abia Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has disclosed that his government has not received any kobo from the federal government’s ecological fund since 2015.
The Governor stated this during the inspection of the Ugwuaba Isuikwuato gully erosion that has divided the Isuikwuato -ABSU -Okigwe federal road into two, assuring that the state will partner the federal government in tackling various active erosion sites ravaging communities in Isuikwuato LGA and other parts of the state.
Efforts, he said will be made to access the federal government’s ecological fund which is meant to address such disasters and advised motorists plying the road to be careful, pointing out “I expect that there’s need to intervene using the ecological fund available in the federal government coffers”.
Ikpeazu therefore, directed the state Ministry of Environment to liaise with the Isuikwuato Local Government Area authority to create a diversion 200 meters away from the site to avoid commuters and vehicles plunging into the gully.
The Governor who noted that the disaster is beyond the financial capacity of the state, said that the state government is coming up with a design to provide an interim remedy within one week to avert the disaster from expanding further as it “is an emergency and there is no state government that can be said to be prepared for this kind of emergency.”
He described the situation as unfortunate, as the road has been completely gone, while being conducted round the erosion site by the commissioner for environment, Dr Aham Uko.