The protesters at the site of the erosion
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The priest in-charge of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Achina in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Vincent Nwokoye, has led residents of the area to a protest to draw government’s attention to bad roads in the area.
The cleric lamenting on the poor state of the roads, warned that if nothing urgent was done, the area would be eaten up by erosion which was badly threatening it.
Rev. Fr. Nwokoye stated that Achina, Onneh, Agbudu, Umuomaku, Ogboji and Enugwu-Umuonyia communities were on the verge of being pulled down.
He called for the immediate intervention of both the Federal and State governments to save the church and the community from imminent danger.
He said the erosion is so much that it is gradually encroaching into the church’s property, including the primary school and the parsonage and attendance to mass has also reduced drastically following the impassable condition of the road.
Rev. Fr. Nwokoye said the Achina-Onneh-Agbudu-Ogboji road which was awarded by the present administration in 2014 is in a very deplorable state, with gullies developing at various points.
“Also, the Ezira-Umuomaku-Enugwu-Umuonyia-Achina road which you flagged off in 2015 is in dire need of attention as no work is ongoing at the site,” the cleric said.
Also speaking, Mr. Otitochi Okeke, described the two roads connecting the communities as strategic for the evacuation of agricultural produce and appealed to the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to save the people of the area from the threat to their lives and property.