By Emma lhemeje
The traders of Ogbaru Relief Market under the leadership of Chief Ndubuisi Ochiogu have sent an emergency message to the Anambra State government following a threatening gully erosion that occurred around the market by way of the Onitsha–Asaba expressway, directly opposite the pedestrian flyover, due to the last torrential rainfall in Onitsha.
Chief Ochiogu, who led newsmen round the affected areas, regretted that the contractor who worked on the areas last year had done shabby job, hence the flood menace. He said he could have supervised the work well if not for the leadership crises at the market at the time. He noted that the work done at the big drainage in front of the market was not solid to contain the flood, leading to the havoc it was wreaking around the area, especially the market. He warned roadside traders in the area who are dumping refuse into the drainages to desist from such misconduct.
Also speaking on the flood menace in Okpoko and its environs, which has had a devastating effect on the inhabitants and the business community, one of the community leaders in Okpoko, Chief lfeanyichukwu Adije, called on the Anambra State government to devise a strategy to checkmate flood waters from Awada to Okpoko, which are causing a great danger to the inhabitants of Okpoko. He noted that the flood waters coming from Mgbemene in Awada to Okpoko were too much to be contained by the uncompleted Sakamori drainage in Okpoko.