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Help! Erosion washing our community away – PG, Ekwulummili



…Sacks seven families, more in danger
…Properties, bridge destroyed

EKWULUMMILI community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State is currently reeling under throes of new spate of erosion attack which has washed away seven houses in Umudim Village, rendering their owners’ families homeless, wrecking other devastating destructions on its way.

  Properties worth millions, including bridge linking Ekwulummili with other communities in the area were also destroyed in similar way as roads connecting the town and neighbouring Unubi, as well as Okigwe and Akaokwa in Imo State which were all cut off to make inter-community movements impossible.

  Economic trees were also not spared as many were damaged with several domestic animals killed while acres of arable farmland, belonging to different farmers were devastated.

  Blaming their misfortune on recent heavy rains being recorded by the community, residents bemoaned their fate, and called for Anambra State government’s intervention as their only hope of succour.

  According to them, what happened in the community was not new because Ekwulummili has been grappling with erosion menace for ages but their clarion calls to successive administrations have not yielded meaningful result.

  Speaking during an interview, yesterday, President-General of Ekwulummili, Chief Clement Ezeifedikwa said there are over five well known erosion sites spewing their fury on the town, and continuously ravaging communal and personal properties.

  “What is happening in our town is not new but it only became worse with the return of the rains. For the past 20-30yrs, our town has been at the mercy of erosion menace. The erosion started immediately after the civil war with all efforts to check it proving abortive. The bridge we constructed after the war was broken down. Umudim Village, where erosion sacked seven families, destroyed their houses, uprooted economic trees, killed several domestic animals and many acres of our farmlands, is worse hit. Our community has lost over N400 million and still counting its losses. This is why we send our brotherly call to Gov. Chukwuma Soludo to come to our rescue since save-our-soul clarions to previous administrations did not make any impact even when we contribute more than our quota to socio-economic development programmes of the state,” Ezeifedikwa said.

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