… Traditional Ruler, Residents Call for Help
By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
Following a heavy downpour, several families of Ndieaguazu village in Ndiegu Echara community in Ikwo Local Government Area are now homeless as the flood has overtaken their homes.
When Citizens’ Advocate reporter visited the area, one of the victims, Mr. Edeh James Oreke told him that the incessant destruction of properties which he encounters in the area regularly was because Omeregbe mini bridge could no longer enable the easier flow of enough quantity of water after its construction
He said that the present nature of the structure had subjected him and his household to untold hardship as the flood had in the recent times pulled down one of his buildings, drowned his 100 grown poultry and damaged other valuables.
He appealed that the bridge should be doubled to enable the easier flow of water and enable him to live permanently in his home without running helter-skelter in search of refuge during rainy seasons.
Another victim and resident of the area, Mr. Justus Chukwu said he, alongside his family members, have been made homeless by the flood and it has also destroyed their assets.
He corroborated the information given by Mr. Oreke and also added that they do occupy their homes only during the dry season as they take refuge in their relatives’ houses during the rainy period because of the havoc usually caused by the flood.
He further disclosed that the flood has made him abandon halfway a structure which he was erecting in his compound.
He called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and other relevant agencies for help over their plight.
The Traditional Ruler of Ndiegu Echara Autonomous Community, His Royal Highness, Eze Nwakpu Egbe having seen the plight of his subjects pertaining the collapsed sections of Abakaliki/Oferekpe Road thereby called on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), and the state government to come to their aid.
The people who had earlier made efforts in making the road passable had resorted to self-help by getting over 150 trips of laterite to fix their bad road.
Citizens’ Advocate recall that recently, the Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Catholic Church, Ndiegu Echara, Rev. Fr. Valentine Obinna Nwali and his entire parishioners embarked on road construction by which over 150 trips of laterite were purchased by the community and spread across the most affected portions so as to make the place passable
The traditional Ruler told us that his subjects were stimulated by the need to alleviate the resident’s sufferings pertaining to the nature of the road and the manual work was organized by the priest.
HRH Eze called on the Governor Umahi’s led administration for assistance so that the area would feel the impact of his good governance