Some of those that the erosion menace affected their houses and landed property crying out for help. 1st from left is the Vice Chairman of Umueze-Uga Community, Hon Engr Jude Uzoeri who represented the chairman, Nze Francis Agba.
Umueze Uga Community in Aguata L.G.A of Anambra State has sent out an urgent intervention plea to the state and federal governments as well as foreign agencies over an erosion disaster which currently posed threat to the lives of the villagers, houses, Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Umueze-Uga that is about 200metres away from the erosion site and other property worth billions of naira.
Speaking to the press at the erosion site on August 5, 2017 the chairman of Umueze –Uga Community, Nze Francis Agba, who was represented by the vice chairman, Hon. Engr. Jude Uzoeri, lamented that if urgent action is not taken, the community would in the nearest future be submerged by erosion disaster.
Agba, who noted that the community had become an emergency disaster area judging by the rate at which the erosion escalated, said the leadership of Uga Town together with Umueze Community had written to Federal Ministry of Environment for intervention.
He noted that a team of the Federal Ministry of Environment had visited the erosion site about six months ago ascertained the damages and assured the community of the federal government's intervention, but nothing had been heard again since after the visit.
The chairman stated that the Anambra State Government Commissioner for Environment, Dr Romanus Ejikeme came with New Map Company in June 2017, ascertained the damages and assured the community of government's intervention. He regretted that neither the federal nor the state government had done anything about the erosion menace, despite the fact that parties agreed to the fact that Umueze-Uga Community had become a disaster area.
Meanwhile, the community in a bid to avert further greater disaster by the erosion which had submerged many buildings had embarked on an emergency intervention project to divert the flood into channels while they waited for intervention from the governments and foreign agencies.
Pictures of the over 15 metre deep erosion gully that has posed threat to lives, houses, St Michael's Catholic Church building.
Agba said the community had through contributions from individuals and the community realized N2M for the intervention project which was estimated at about N15M. He appealed for stable support from to the governments, individuals and agencies.
Fides gathered that the project which affected some families kicked off on August 7, 2017 with excavation and casting. The affected families however, gave their support to the flood channeling project.
Also speaking to the press, Barrister Aloy Abiakam, whose family house was affected by both the erosion menace and the intervention project, gave his approval and support to the flood intervention project which according to him was a lesser evil though the channeling would affect his house.
Abiakam described the community project as a welcome development, saying that the leadership of the community had the good intention of saving them from further disasters as the erosion had almost cut off the access roads.
In their various speeches, Mr. Michael Ibeh and Mr. Boniface Ezembamalu, whose family houses and lands was also affected by the erosion menace and channeling of the flood, also gave his approval to the intervention project by the community and appealed to the state governments for urgent assistance. Ezembamalu, land would be excavated for the channeling, said he was not in any way opposed to the project.
Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Umueze-Uga