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Erosion swallows Owerri estate, as residents flee, seek Uzodimma’s intervention

by admin@okeomanews.ng

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

Erosion menace has swallowed part of Spilbath – off works layout estate which is close to Rochas Okorocha College of Africa premises in Owerri, Imo state.

The development which had swallowed houses in the area is causing panic, making many residents of the estate to flee their homes.

Many businesses are permanently locked, as the menace continue to wreck havoc in the estate.

Residents and house owners in the estate whose properties are at the verge of being swept away by the surging erosion are asking the federal and the state governments  intervention.

Residents who spoke to journalists on Wednesday called on the revenant agencies declare a state of emergency at the estate and immediately begin a remedial work at the affected site.

A woman, Mrs Chika Ikem who runs a business in the estate said ” government should come to our rescue. For three years now, erosion has been ravaging this area. Just look at that house over there. Erosion has swallowed it. The owner is a physically challenged person who retired in the state’s civil service. 

” Businesses here have closed down. Houses are being affected and people are running away from there houses. Government should please come to our rescue before a disaster occurs.

A house owner in the estate who simply identified himself as Ogechi  said that if nothing tangible was done before long, the nearby houses would be swallowed by erosion and that the causality figure would be unimaginable.

He said ” this is a call for a save our souls to the Federal and state governments. This is an impending doom. Government should avert this doom. The Imo State ministry of Housing and the Owerri Capital Development Authority should swing into actions, immediately. 

” Agencies of the Federal government like, NEMA, FERMA and the NDDC should come to our rescue. Few more rains and the worst will happen. Let the governments do the needful, immediately. The duty of government is the protection of lives and properties. This is all we are asking them to do here.”

When contacted, the Special Adviser to the governor of the state on Electronic Media, Collins Opuruozor, said that the state government is committed to protection of lives and properties.

He said that governor Hope Uzodimma would intervene because he is passionate about infrastructural development of the state.

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