Metro & Crime

Edo: 6 communities, UNIBEN threatened by gully erosion

A total of six communities in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State, staff and students of University of Benin have called on relevant authorities to rescue them from a damaging gully that is threatening to cut them off from accessing each other and other parts of Benin City.

The communities are: Iguo-Osaigie, Utteh, Iguo-Hana, Iguo-Efosa, Oke-Okehn, Okun Magiajemen A visit to the area yesterday showed that the gully has already cut off the alternative route and cross borderbridge linking Ugbowo to Ik-poba River. Some other areas affected by the gully included the area housing the Senior Staff Club and Senior Staff Quarters of the university The gully has also halted the ongoing construction of the Ekosodin road that links the area to the New Lagos- Benin expressway.

A signpost in the area indicated the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had awarded the contract in the past. The Secretary General of Efosa Community, Comrade Aghahowa Obayinwana pleaded that necessary authorities should come to put an end to the innumerable damages the gullies have done to them.

He said, “Delay is dangerous and a situation like this where over five communities have been crippled and means livelihood taken, crime becomes inevitable.” A lecturer of the Faculty of Management Science, University of Benin; Dr.Uwagbor Eboigbe said the situation could aggravate if not checked. He said: “As we speak, this gully ravaged road has among other damages rendered many staff homeless and the Staff Club where we ease off after a tensed working day and I am very sure as you can see from the sign post that this project has been awarded at different intervals. Sometimes on our own we have made informal appeals to relevant authorities at Abuja and Benin, yet not working. I am now appealing on this ground for aggressive positive measures to be taken because it will be one fall too many should UNIBEN go down. “If the fund needed is too much for one agency to foot, they should employ a syndicated approach and collectively get it done, because if the situation is not given an aggressive response, UNIBEN may go down within the next six month and the consequences would be too enormous.”

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