10 Buildings collapse at Onitsha North LGA erosion site

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At the Obeleagu St. and Nkissi Aroli axis of Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra, no less than 10 buildings including a school and church collapsed following erosion caused by downpour.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the community of Obeleagu in the Onitsha metropolis has been threatened by gully erosion which has turned into an endless nightmare for the citizens of the region.

NAN recalls that in October 2019, the Minister of State for the Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, accompanied by the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Nkem Okekeke, had visited the erosion site and vowed that there will be work on the site.

Nonetheless, Mr Edward Ibuzo, a member representing Onitsha North 2 State Constituency, described the situation as “an emergency that needs urgent attention”

Ibuzo, who is also the Chairman of the House Environment Committee, expressed his sadness that the erosion had continued to worsen every time it rained.

“The issues were addressed in the state assembly plenary and we told the state governor that even the federal government had sent a delegation to inspect the damage some time ago.

“Things like this should be taken seriously because it involves lives and property which is the government’s responsibility,” the lawmaker said.

Although promising to attract NEWMAP ‘s attention to the erosion site, Ibuzo urged area residents to relocate pending when palliative work was to be carried out on the site.

Mr Godwin Aniakor, a resident of the area, expressed sadness at the loss of several properties due to the erosion.

Aniakor, who said the erosion had left homeless several people, noted it began eight years ago.

He described the degree of danger as “devastating and worrisome,” urging both the federal and state governments to come to rescue them.

Another resident, Mr Christian Onwudinjo, who was seen dismantling his building’s structure, said that they were living in danger, so plans for relocation had to be made.

Onwudinjo also called on the government to intervene in the situation as the erosion could intensify and lead to unavoidable deaths as well as more property losses.

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