27 December 2012

Nigeria: Obi Blames Poor Road Design for Erosion

Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has decided improper design of roads in the past in the state, attributing it as one of the causes of erosion in the state.

He said when roads are not properly designed the end result is that it usually leads to poor channelisation of flood water, which consequently leads to erosion.

Obi, who disclosed this yesterday during the inspection of Uga and Isulo erosion sites respectively, which were caused by poor channelisation of flood water by the contractors who handled both roads, said part of the measures his government took on assuming office was to ensure that any road built in the state was properly designed with adequate drainage system linked to the right discharge points.

Accompanied by his deputy, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu, and other top Government officials at the Isulo erosion site already threatening to cut the Akpu-Ajalli-Isulo-Umunze road, the governor said the state government would alert the Federal Government of the threat, while undertaking immediate measures to salvage the road.

Upon the revelation that some of the erosion sites he visited had been awarded in the past by the Federal Government, Obi said he would follow it through and get to the roots of the allegation and take appropriate action.

Meanwhile, Obi has decried the collapse of infrastructure at the Basden Memorial Education Centre, Isulo, Orumba South local government area of the state.

Speaking while inspecting the facilities, the governor recalled that the school founded about 40 years ago had produced prominent Nigerians but regretted that gross neglect over the years has led to its decay.

He said the inspection was to see how government could resuscitate the facilities.

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