Auchi – A cross section of residents of Auchi in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, on Wednesday appealed to the state government to fix the Auchi-Igarra road being threatened by gully erosion.
The residents made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
NAN checks in the area indicated that the road is being washed away by the erosion, hindering vehicular movement.
Mr Ahmed Iyeikemeh, a resident of the area, said the problem had been a source of concern to the people of the community.
Iyeikemeh said that if urgent steps were not taken to address the problem, the community would be cut off from other local governments.
“The heavy rains have continued to wreak havoc on portions of the road which had already developed into a gully.
“If urgent steps are not taken to control the erosion, the road will become history,” he said.
A transporter, Mr Sunday Ajayi, said that the development had posed a serious danger to residents, especially motorists.
“The erosion has almost divided the road into two and this menace is posing a danger to residents and motorists,’’ he said.
Ajayi noted that the effect of the erosion had caused a lot of accidents which had led to loss of lives.
According to him, the present situation of the road is beyond the local government’s control, adding that only the state government could fix it.
Another resident, Mr Collins Aituameh, said several appeals have been made to relevant authorities on the menace posed by the erosion.
“We have made reports to relevant agencies and it is our hope that the authorities will do the needful and put an end to the ravaging erosion.
“We are appealing to the state government to assist us in finding a permanent solution to this life-threatening menace,” he said (NAN)