*Accuse construction firm of insensitivity
By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€” Landlords association at Enekawasumpu Obosi urban layout in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, weekend, took to the streets in protest against the destruction of some houses in the area by flood water from the drains being constructed by Consolidated Construction Company Ltd., CCC, at Nkpor junction.
The placard-carrying protesters, comprising young, old men and women, complained that the construction firm, instead of channelling the water flow to a discharge point at the Nkisi stream, channelled it to residential houses which had sent many people out of their homes.
Seven houses sacked
Addressing reporters at the CCC site, Secretary of the association, Mr Osita Akaigwe, said about seven houses had been affected, with the occupants vacating the houses for fear of being killed when the houses collapse as a result of weakening by the erosion.
At Araba crescent and the boundary between Enekwasumpu and Omoba layout, a gully, measuring about 250ft in width and threatening many magnificent buildings, including schools and churches, was observed.
Faulty drainage pattern
The landlords explained that the problem was that the flood water from Obosi road to Nkpor junction and from Nkpor junction down to New parts, down to new motor parts to New Tarzan, was channelled to the same drain that was causing the havoc.
â€œHow are we going to survive? This is manâ€™s inhumanity to man by channelling the gutter to peopleâ€™s houses. What CCC should do is to channel the water to Nkisi stream as their discharge point to save us from extinction,â€ Akaigwe said.
Akaigwe appealed to both the state and federal governments to stop the construction firm from what he described as a wicked act, in the interest of peace.
He said if nothing urgent was done, the houses in the layout and the entire population ofÂ the area would be exterminated by the aggressive gully erosion created by the flood water caused by CCC drains.
CCC’s PRO declines to comment
Public Relations Officer of the construction firm, Mr Morgan Nwokedi, who claimed to have travelled from Owerri to Onitsha because of the protest, declined comment on the matter, saying he had no mandate of his boss to speak to the press.