Erosion Menace: Awka Indigenes Abandon Homes, Seek Soludo’s Intervention

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Some residents of Awka Community within the capital territory have abandoned their homes over the menace of erosion.

Residents of the area, during a meeting to assess the level of damage already caused by the menace, begged the Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, to come to their rescue.

The gully which has eaten up a large portion of land in Amachalla Village is still threatening more buildings, while many residents of the area have abandoned their property.

Some residents of the area, including Emeka Ezekwe; Joseph Adimonye and Sam Nwanna, who spoke to journalists, said the devastation had made the area desolate.

Adimonye said: ‘Many people have abandoned their homes because of this very erosion.

‘You can see many abandoned property here, including those  people who just started their buildings, but abandoned them.

‘In this very place, five years ago, a man who couldn’t bear the devastation on his house committed suicide. That is the condition we have found ourselves.’

The Chairman of Awka Na Aso Enwe Foundation, Mr Chris Offodile, who convoked a meeting of residents of the affected area, called on  Anambra State Governor to come to the aid of the Indigenes and residents of the area.

He said: ‘This is not something individuals can do. Not even our foundation can take care of this, but we know that the governor can help us.

‘This is a serious threat to lives and we are calling on the governor to intervene and provide a solution to this problem.’