Imo State Commissioner for Tourism, Mazi Uche Ohia, has assured of the intervention of the state government in the ecological disaster that has adversely impeded access to the state Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park in Nekede, Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.
Our correspondent gathered the road leading to the zoo caved in at its intersection with the road from Owerri, the state capital.
As a result, residents of Nekede, commuters and visitors to the Imo State Zoo and Wildlife Park located right beside the disaster point have been prevented from having access to their destinations.
Ohia who visited the site with management staff of the ministry informed staff of the zoo and residents who came to meet him at the site that the attention of the government had been drawn to the sad development.
According to him, the government would quickly reclaim the road to ensure the economic and social activities of the people were not negatively affected.
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He advised visitors to the zoo and residents to use the alternative route through Alex Mbata Road in the meantime while the government tries to find a solution to the problem.
The commissioner appealed for calm among indigenes and residents of the area and expressed optimism that the alternative route would serve the purpose of giving the people temporary access to and from Nekede while the ecological problem is being appraised for a sustainable solution.
In his speech, the Manager of the Zoo, Mr Francis Abioye, informed the commissioner that the immediate cause of the disaster was the collapse of the drainage system on the road due to unrelenting heavy downpours.
Some residents who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity attributed the ecological problem to the illegal sand mining along the road.
Ohia was accompanied on the visit by the Special Adviser to the Imo State Governor on Culture, Paddy Obinna, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, T.U.C Nwokonkwo and others.