Member representing Idah/Igalamela-Odolu/Ibaji /Ofu federal constituency of Kogi State, Hon. Emmanuel Makoji Egwu has lamented over erosion disasters in communities of his federal constituency.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, he called on the Federal Government to intervene in the control of those erosion as a matter of urgency, noting that affected areas have become inaccessible.
He stressed that the situation was worse due to the fact that those living in the communities are predominantly farmers as they could no longer access their homes and farm lands.
Egwu maintained that if nothing was done to save the situation, it would lead to food shortages, saying that the communities have been serving as the hub of agriculture for centuries.
He allayed fears that the widening situation of those erosion would completely washed away farm lands and homes, noting that the affected people were already living in fear as rainy season approaches.
“Now, erosion in that place is becoming so alarming as it keeps widening from year to year washing away farmlands. Some homes have become inaccessible and those having cottage industries cannot access them anymore”, Egwu noted.
According to him, erosion control is a natural disaster that falls within emergency provisions in the budget, particularly if it has become large scale, saying that it was beyond the state government as well as classifying it constituency projects.
He added: “constituency project is not based on contingency like this, but is based on actuals, something one is aware will happen and constituency project is limited which cannot take care of one point of demands like this”, he maintained.