Gully erosion cuts Kogi community township road into two
The only township road in Ogga community located in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State has been completely swept away by gully erosion leaving the residents without accessible road.
According to a statement made by the President of Ogga Progressive Union, Bamidele Ollure and made available to newsmen, the ancient agrarian community of about 3000 people is known for their spirit of self help.
He explained that the current fate that befell the road occurred without notice due to the torrential rain that fell for days unabated.
He said the community could not put the road back to shape due to the lean resources of Ogga Progressive Union (O.P.U) that recently spent over Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) to provide palliatives for the people to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is imperative to state that without putting the road back to use, the socio- economic lives of the inhabitants of the community and other adjoining communities like Omi, Ogbom, Jege linking the Oke-Oyi Division of Yagba East Local Government Area will be completely grounded!” ,he stated
“The safety and security of lives and property of the people is currently being put into jeopardy because access to points of security breaches and threats to lives and property as was the case during last year’s Fulani Herdsmen attack on the community is already being threatened.”,he added.
Another major challenge the damaged road has caused to the community now, according to him,is that access to health facilities in Odo-Ere and/ or Egbe has become practically impossible. “God forbids , any case of health emergency now can only be left to God to handle due to the damaged road.”
Agriculture and farming, pottery making and other economic and social activities in the community have been totally paralyzed due to the condition of the road.
Given the above scenario, the National President of The Ogga Progressive Union appeals to the government at all levels, Federal, State and Local and good spirited individuals and politicians alike to come to the rescue of the community in restoring this delapidated and dysfunctional road so that life in our community can return to normalcy.