The flow of the Orashi River has been a mystery to many and infact to many geographers who seeks to find out the source of these great rivers. The Orashi River is a great river in Imo state as the river flows from Imo state to river state. But what is so fascinating about this ancient river, here I will tell you so continue to read..
THE GREAT ORASHI RIVER
The Orashi River also called Urashi or Ulasi is a river of the lower Niger River basin and a tributary of the Oguta Lake in Imo state. The Orashi Rivers takes it source from the rocks in Ezeama community of Dikenafai, Imo state. the river which is describe as the lifeline to most communities in Ideato south serves as an all purpose rivers or drinking, washing and cooking in ancient times.
But imagine a river located and flowing from Imo state to river state, where is these state called Imo state.
Imo state is one of the 36 states in Nigeria and lies in the south east of the country with Owerri as its capital. The state came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of late Murtala Muhammed having being apart of the East-Central state. The state is name after the Imo River. Part of it was split in 1991 to form Abia state and another part to form Ebonyi state. The main cities are Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe.
There are over 163 oil wells at over 12 different locations in the state. Some of the oil producing Local Government Areas includes Ohaji/Egbeme, Oguta, Oru East, Oru West, Obowo and Ngor- Okpala,
The government of the state has a three tier administrative structure, state, Local and Autonomous community levels. The three arms at the state level are the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.
THR ORASHI RIVER FLOW
The Orashi flows from the community of Dikenafi through several towns including Urualla, Akokwa, Okija, Orsu, Oguta, Uli, Ihiala, Mbaiama, Epie, etc. the Orashi river forms tributaires as it flows down into the Atlantic ocean. At Egbema, the Orashi river splits into two, namely the Edi Kalama and Abonnema rivers.
The Orasi River as an ancient trade and cultural route has provided means of transportation and migration for indigenous communities who moved from one town to the other. To improve inland waterways, the government approves the dredging of the Orashi river from Oguta Lake in Imo state to Degema in river state.