Gully Erosion Threatens 400 Buildings, Rojenny Stadium, Federal Highway Anambra (video)
A massive erosion on the Oba axis of Onitsha Owerri expressway is threatening property running into billions of naira.
The erosion which had already cut the owerri bound carriageway of the Federal Highway threatening the second lane had approached a filling station and a nearby hotel.
Already, the Anambra government has barricaded the affected part of the road thereby transferring all the burden to the second lane which is at the verge of collapse.
The popular Rojenny Stadium and Games village with about 40, 000 sitting capacity football pitch is also at the risk of collapse if urgent measures are not taken to arrest the gully erosion menace.
Some residents who spoke to journalists at the site called on the Federal government to urgently step in and address the challenge before it degenerates to ecological disaster area.
Engr. Johny Obinwa, Facility Consultant at Rijenny stadium said over 400 residential buildings, acres of undeveloped land, a filling station and a hotel are all threatened by the gully erosion.
Obinwa said facilities worth millions within Rojenny had been destroyed as result of heavy flash from Ichi, Nnobi, Ojoto Uruagu- Oba whenever there was
He said perimeter walls around the stadium, parts of spectators’ stands, tennis, handball courts had collapsed while the tracks had been pulled as result of being water logged.
Our Olympic side swimming pool has overflown, the flood causing this gully erosion flows from Ichi, Nnobi Ojoto Uruagu-Oba communities in Idemili South Local Government Area and because the gutters and water channels are too small.
“On our part as management, we are doing what we can to mitigate the disaster, but we need a lot of work to do to protect the sporting facilities that are in the Games Village, that is why it is important that Federal and Anambra governments come in.
“The way it is, Rojenny is only serving as a protective shield for communities behind us, the gully erosion behind the stadium is growing and may sweep the whole area away soon, ” he said.
Mrs Amaka Obi, the Transition Committee Chairman of Idemili South Local Government Area who spoke at the site said the State government had made efforts to control the gully erosion menace but the situation had not abated.
Obi who was represented by Mr Uchechukwu Ubadi and Mr Nzubechukwu Ibe Councillors representing Oba Ward 1 and Oba Ward 11 respectively.
She said all the control done so far including the water channels constructed about three months ago had collapsed because of the heaviness of the flood.
She also pointed out that when a proposal was made to fill the gully with refuse at the budding stage, youths in the area refused placing a charge of N5,000 per trip as a condition.
“When the state government came here with their counterparts from the Federal government it was not as wide and as deep as this and as the rains continue it will keep widening”
“We contacted the Anambra Waste Management Agency to dump refuse here as a way of reducing the flow pressure but the owners of the empty land and youths here stopped us, claiming we want to take their land, so it was moved to another erosion site in Nnewi.
“Now, the gully has deepened and many houses are going down every day and with the rate of rainfall only God can save those buildings and their owners” she lamented