The Traditional Ruler of Etiti Ohazu Autonomous Community, Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, Abia, Eze Ishmael Nnakwu, on Thursday appealed to Federal and Abia Governments to save his community from flooding.
Nnakwu made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aba.
He said that the floods which have created deep gullies and made the community a disaster-prone zone required urgent assistance.
“We were sometimes classified by the Federal Ministry of Health as people living in swampy area of Aba South.
“This is not a swampy area, but a place where a large number of Aba residents reside.
“But the condition of our roads without drainage systems has made it look like a swampy area. We are living in a disaster area of Aba South Local Government Area.
“We suffered from lots of epidemics. I have made series of reports to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Abia State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), but to no avail.
“My reports made no impact. My community is usually submerged by flood at the slightest rain,” he said.
He said the condition of roads in the area was made worse by lack of refuse buckets in the area, adding that the development had caused uncoordinated refuse disposal and its attendant environmental crisis.
“Although we are paying infrastructure levy, ASEPA fees and others, we do not know why there is no help coming to us.
“We are requesting that ASEPA should bring their refuse bins to strategic places on Obohia Road and make efforts to remove them constantly to avoid epidemics.
“We are also appealing to Abia government to save our soul. In Ngwa Ward 4, we gave one of the largest votes both to the president and the governor. I see no reason why we should be suffering.’’ (NAN)