By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA – Traditional ruler of Igbo-Ukwu kingdom in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, HRH, Igwe Barrister Martin Ezeh, Idu II has sent a Save Our Souls, SOS message to Governor Willie Obiano and the Federal Government by extension following havoc caused by early morning rain storms, yesterday, that nearly sacked the entire community through flooding.
Igwe Ezeh said, in his palace, that the devastating flood which he noted had already caused gully erosion in the community was caused by an uncompleted road construction work along Ekwulobia- Nnobi federal highway, graded without a good drainage system to channel floods properly. The Igwe said floods from the rain storm that lasted over four hours had inflicted pain on the community as it surged through villages destroying household properties, domestic animals, farm crops, economic trees and pulled down buildings that stood in its way.
According to the Igwe, two people were feared dead as they were allegedly swept away by the heavy flooding which he said took the community by surprise. “Apart from now, this flooding menace has caused lots of deaths in this community. Domestic animals are not spared and vehicles get stuck on both sides of the road each time it rains. Yet this is a highway that links Anambra with Imo, Abia, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom States.
“At various times the State government had spent millions of naira to grade this stretch of road without tarring it and this has constituted a serious obstacle to ensure that the flood menace on this road is tackled once and for all, “ the Igwe lamented.
He, however, commended Governor Obiano for his palliative measures taken in grading the road which he said had gone a long way towards easing traffic congestion, but added that with the coming of the rain if the highway is not tarred with good drainage system, “the entire Igbo-Ukwu will be sacked by flood and erosion this rainy season and we will be cut off from our neighbours. “We beckon on the Governor, the Akpkuedike of Anambra to come to our rescue as his traditional title suggests before we are taken away out of the map of Anambra State.”