The people of Oba, a community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, have desperately reached out to the Federal Government to come to their rescue as erosion, alleged to be caused by the activities of a sand mining company, has ravaged the community. The residents of the community have complained that all efforts by them to get the State Government and its relevant Ministry to address the worsening case of the erosion, have been more or less unproductive.
The lingering effects of erosion on the community is telling on its infrastructures, and portends the hazards of landslide. Last Saturday, Prince Noel Ezenwa, the regent of the Oba community, disclosed that he had written to Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment, and Honourable Obinna Chidoka, both from a neighbouring Obosi community.
“We have written to the Minister of Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor and Member Representing Idemili North and South Federal Constituency, in the House of Representatives, Honourable Obinna Chidioka.” The regent said.
“The two have also visited the site and were alarmed at devastation of the erosion caused by the sand mining activities, and promised to talk to the State Government, to stop the activities of sand miners,” he continued.
“We are calling on them to help resolve the problem of erosion by checkmating the activities of sand miners in the community, which has escalated erosion in the area,” the regent added.
The community is appealing to the general public to plead with the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to direct the relevant authorities to help stop sand mining in the community and its environs.
A pressure group, Igbos for a Progressive and Advanced Nigeria, IPAN, have also employed their social media pages to appeal to both the state and Federal Government to quickly wade into the matter and resolve it as soon as possible.
A call put through to the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, Anambra chapter, by our correspondent, did not connect as calls from the general public is barred from the line, which is on the website of the Anambra NEWMAP and meant for public correspondence. The official number for public correspondence is (+234)08183034336. The only response is a prerecorded network feedback saying “You’re not allowed to call this number” or “the number you have dialed is switched off”.