Three Escape Death As Landslide Submerges Buildings In A’Ibom Community

Three Escape Death As Landslide Submerges Buildings In  A’Ibom Community
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BY INIOBONG SUNDAY, Uyo

Residents of Afaha Oku and its environs under serious threat of perennial gully erosion have raised the alarm, calling for emergency measures to salvage others homes threatened by the problem.

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They called on governor Udom Emmanuel to deploy the ecological funds allocated to the state from the centre to safeguard the population and properties from further destructionThree business women ferrying their goods to the nearby markets according to them, have escaped being submerged as landslide submerged no fewer than three buildings at Afaha Oku in Uyo Local Government Area of the state.

The landslide occasioned by the rainy season has forced residents of Ikpa road, whose road has been completelt cut off to criy out to the state government to intervene and save lives of the residents under threat of the errosion-induced landslide.

Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, a Councillor representing Ward 14, Oku 3, Mr. Mmenyene Abasi Michael Okon, said the erosion has constituted a big challenge to the community adding that “in order to prevent visitors falling into the ravine, the youths have mobilized themselves to keep vigil in the area just to direct people to the other side of the road”.

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He disclosed that they had aken video clips of the situation and sent to the state government to address the situation.

‘We woke up to see this disaster. We have tried our efforts to organise the youths to stand here and control the vehicles going to, Uyo City Polytechnic, Barracks roads, Calabar-Itu and many other places.

“The schools that are inside here the students cannot have free access to to receive lectures. So tricycles stop here and then the youths will direct them on how to go to the other side so that they will not eventually fall into the ravine”I have personally spend four nights here because when it happened some people did not know that something like this was going on. So, by putting light on, we have been able to save a lot of people from speeding into the ravine. This is how far we have gone.

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One of the tricycle operators, Mr. Joseph Umah, said since the problem started he hardly go home because there is no road for him, adding that each time he wants to drop money for the family, he would call his wife to collect money there because he could not cross the road.

“Since this incident happened i have never entered my house in the afternoon because there is no road for me to pass.. I tried Urua Ikpa side, even that one there is a problem. My family is down there, they used to come here and collect money from me. So government should do something about this road.

Another resident, who identified himself as Effiong  Bassey, called on the state government to intervene in order to save lives adding that the district contributed largy in returning the state Governnor for another term.
“I’m happy when I see journalists coming to focus on our road. Our road is not good.So we are begging this government to come to our aid and fix the road because we contributed in returning the present government to power but see now our road is not good enough” he said.

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Responding, the state commissioner of Environment and Solid Minerals, Mr. Charles Udoh, warned the people to relocate, adding that ” There is nothing the state government can do now until the rains stop”.
He appealed to residents understand with the state government adding the engineering drawing have been completed waiting for the rain to stop.

“There is nothing we can do now: we can’t start work until after the rains because there is no equipment that can enter that place for now. I have explained this serverally to the people that even if there is money, there is nothing we can do now”, Udoh said.

Aljazirahnews


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