By Florence Ugbem
The Opiatoha Oko Development Association, OODA, has appealed to the Benue State Government for intervention to address the gully erosion that is ravaging Oko community in Orokam Obadigbo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the association, the National President, Opiadoha Oko Development Association, Chief Joseph Obekpa, made the appeal last Friday during a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu in his office.
He appealed to the state government to look into the plight of Oko community and assist in the provision of basic amenities such as electricity and roads as well as take measures to cushion the effect of gully erosion affecting the area.
Chief Obekpa on behalf of his people congratulated Governor Samuel Ortom on his well deserved victory at the Tribunal and Appeal Court, stating that the judgments were a confirmation of the voice of the Benue people.
Also he thanked the governor for appointing some of their members into various positions in the state.
Responding, the Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu, directed the Commissioner of Water Resources and Environment, Engr Dondo Ahire to access the area affected by erosion in order for the state government to address the issue speedily.
Engr Abounu also assured the members of Oko community of the state government’s continuous support towards the development of the area.
Present at the courtesy call were the state Head of Service, Mrs Veronica Onyeke, Commissioner of Water Resources and Environment, Engr Dondo Ahire, Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Mr John Uloko, among others.