By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
Disaster looms at Umuka Umuajiji Isieke Ibeku Autonomous Community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State as landslide stretching over 10 hectares occurred in the area at the weekend leaving more than 200 houses shaken to their foundations.
In this vein, the Traditional Prime-minister of the community Chief Dr Augustine Nwankwo has appealed to the Federal, State, Local Government, Public Spirited Individuals and relevant agencies to come to the aid of the community to avert the imminent danger which may lead to loss of lives on the community.
Further lamenting, Chief Nwankwo while conducting newsmen round the site of the incident noted that the landslide has blocked the only source of potable drinking water in the community forcing them to source for drinking water hygienically and unhygienically. He said, “over the years we have tried to checkmate the landslide by planting trees and Indian bamboos all were of no avail as it has gone beyond our control, it needs sophisticated method, we have made complains to relevant agencies, they are yet to come to our aid.”
In their separate speeches, the village head of the Umuka Umuajiji Community Chief Matthew Ikwuagwulam and Chief John Aguiyi stressed the need for immediate assistance by relevant agencies as many are fleeing from the community to other places for fear of the unknown.
Similarly, the Abia State ASEPA waste manager Hon Okezie Prince has decried the indiscriminate defecation at Eket street and environs in Umuahia by the Hausa Community living in the area besides dumping of refuse at unauthorized places.
He further warned that anyone caught in these acts will be arrested, prosecuted and penalized accordingly.