AUCHI – The Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Alhaji Haliru Momoh, Ikelebe III has again raised alarm over the erosion menace plaguing the town and environs following further threat to the busy Auchi – Okene highway by a gully.
Alhaji Momoh who expressed fears that the highway was due to collapse in few weeks, observed that the federal government need to address the Auchi erosion problem head on rather than the piecemeal approach.
He lamented that the menacing gully erosion continued in every part of the town without restraint and therefore appealed to Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to work in tandem with the federal government and the World Bank towards ensuring that the promises made by both bodies are redeemed.
“Every day, houses are going. They (government) listed them, but they have not even settled the people displaced by the gully”, the Otaru recalled.
While appealing to the relevant authorities to heed the cries of the people over the gully erosion problem, Alhaji Momoh noted that youths in the area had become very agitated in recent times thereby seeking to block the highway in protest.
However, he said the palace had motivated to forestall the unhealthy development as a temporary measure to allow for further discussions.
When The NIGERIAN OBSERVER visited the portion of the highway in question, it was discovered that the gully had eaten deep underneath the road due to recent persistent down pour.
Fears and apprehension are mounting by the day as residents in the area and motorists are worried that incident similar to that of last year’s collapse of the highway at the Jattu axis is inevitable if urgent steps are not taken to address the situation by the appropriate authority.
It would be recalled that the Auchi – Okene expressway in late July, 2011 collapsed from similar gully effect at the Jattu axis in the locality, a situation that caused hardship for commuters and motorists plying the road.