Staff and students of the University of Benin and residents of Iguo-Osaigie, Utteh, Iguo-Hana, Iguo-Efosa, Oke-Okehn and Okun Magiajemen communities in the Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State have called on the government to rescue them from a gully that has disconnected them from other parts of the state.

PUNCH Metro, during a visit to the area on Wednesday, observed that the gully also cut off a bridge linking Ugbowo to the Ikpoba River.

The area where the Senior Staff Club and the Senior Staff Quarters of UNIBEN were located was also affected by the gully.

The ravine halted the ongoing construction of the Ekosodin Road, which linked the area to the New Lagos-Benin Expressway.

A signpost in the area indicated that the Niger Delta Development Commission had awarded a contract for the repair of the road in the past.

The Secretary General of Efosa community, Aghahowa Obayinwana, urged the authorities to intervene in the situation, adding that the gully had done a lot of damage to residents.

“Delay is dangerous and in a situation like this, where over five communities have been crippled and means of livelihood taken, crime becomes inevitable,” he added.

A lecturer at the Faculty of Management Science, UNIBEN, Dr Uwagbor Eboigbe, said the problem could worsen if left unaddressed.

He said, “As we speak, this gully-ravaged road has rendered many staff homeless and the staff club where we relax after a hard-working day has been affected. I am sure as you can see from the signpost that this project was awarded at different intervals.

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“Sometimes, on our own, we made informal appeals to the authorities at Abuja and Benin, yet no help is coming. I am now appealing for aggressive positive measures to be taken. If the fund needed is too much for one agency to foot, they should employ a syndicated approach and collectively get it done.”

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