Owerri residents flee as gully erosion threatens to ‘swallow’ their houses, cry for Gov. Uzodinma’s help (Photos/Video)

These are not good times for residents of Trinity Street in Akwakuma area of Owerri, Imo State capital.

In the next few days many of them will be homeless as a terrible gully erosion continues to devastate the street with the coming rains.

Several buildings are already under threat of being swallowed by the deep gully erosion which is about 12 ft deep.

Efforts by the neighbourhood residents to control the erosion have proved abortive as millions already spent on the site have literally gone down the drain.

One of the residents of the area, Mr. Emma Ogu, told news men that the situation had gone beyond what communal effort could handle, as a result of which residents of the street were calling on Governor Hope Uzodinma’s government to come to their rescue.

“Please we want the governor to come to our rescue. This is not what we can handle by ourselves. We have already spent millions here yet the problem has persisted. Our buildings are about to be cut off completely. We don’t know what else to do except call for assistance from the state government. We need help urgently,” he said.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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