Erosion threatens Okorocha’s kinsmen


The residents of Spibat by Works Layout through Rochas Foundation College of Africa Roundabout in Owerri, the Imo State capital are on the verge of being swept off by erosion.

South-East PUNCH correspondent, who visited the scene on Wednesday observed that the neighbourhood has been submerged by erosion.

While the road has been cut off with life threatening gully, houses around the area had been submerged by the erosion menace.

The scene of the incident is a stone’s throw to the Spilbat mansion of a former two-term governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

A landlord in the area, Kingsley Madu, whose house is seriously threatened by the development, called on the federal and state governments to come to the rescue of the residents of the area.

He said that the gully erosion site had remained unattended to for years, adding that while some houses had been submerged, others whose houses are seriously been threatened had fled the area with their families.

He specially called on the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to come to the rescue of the residents of the area.

He said that if care was not taken, the place might claim human lives in future.

He said, “This is now life threatening. The Federal and state governments should come to our rescue. NDDC and NEMA should speedily attend to this. The development is now dicey. The road has been cut off and the erosion is swallowing houses.”

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