June 11, 2024

Erosion menace: A’Ibom village council seeks Gov Eno intervention

Erosion menace: A’Ibom village council seeks Gov Eno intervention

By Egufe Yafugborhi, Chioma Onuegbu

THE Afaha Oku Village Council, in Uyo local government area of Akwa Ibom State has appealed to Governor Umo Eno to intervene on a fast encroaching erosion menace which has submerged no fewer than 50 buildings in the area.

The Council made the appeal in a letter tagged, “SOS: Erosion Menace along Akan Eton Stret and other sourjournins Streets in  Afaha AFAHA Oku village, Uyo”, made available to newsmen.

The letter dated 6th June 2024, was signed by Afaha Oku village Head, Eteidung Emmanuel M. Eka and Secretary, Supol Cosmos A. Ebong(Rtd).

The letter reads, “We write to remind you of our earlier report to the State Government on the erosion menace affecting Afaha Oku Community in Uyo Local Government Area which has submerged some buildings and many buildings badly threatened to collapse.

“The worst affected areas are Akpan Eton Street, Nabor Street and their sojourning streets. Akan Eton Street was motorable but today, it is condemned and turned into a very bad gully with some buildings submerged into it.

“Consequent upon the above, we had a survey of erosion site in Afaha Oku in 2019 and herewith attached is a copy of the documentary which was aired by Akwa Ibom Television and Radio, published by Pioneer and some local newspapers.

‘It was the documentary that caused the then state government to approve remedial measures for the site otherwise, more houses would have been submerged and erosion worsened. Now that the rains are coming, if nothing is urgently done to control the erosion more houses are likely to go in and the gully worsened.

“Many Landlords have since abandoned their houses and flee the area. The village Council passionately appeals to Your Excellency to award contract to rehabilitate the affected roads for residents to return to their houses”.

Meanwhile, one of the affected landlords and retiree, Mr Titus Udoh, said he had vacated his home located at No8 Akpan Eton Street, off Ekpene Ntan Street as it was threatened by erosion menace when a construction company diverted flood water from Urua Ekpa and its environs into Akpan Eton.

In his words “ I was forced out of my house as a result of approaching threat of erosion, which has turned Akpan Eton Street into a ravine and the entrance of my house was badly affected. Hence, I relocated and stayed with my dependent family members in a rented apartment.

“You can imagine what life has become for me and my dependent relatives in a rented apartment for almost five years now. So please I am appealing to His Excellency, Governor Umo Eno  to please, do anything within his power to restore us to our home.

Similarly, another landlord, Francis Akpan, lamented, “We planted bamboo trees as part of our remedial approaches, but now the bamboos are attracting snakes and other dangerous animals into our homes.

“We wake up to see dangerous snakes inside our homes. We need help to survive this rainy season”