By Precious Ukeje & Uchechukwu Enem
Following a heavy erosion which destroyed many houses and consequently displaced residents of Obeleagu Street, Inland Town, Onitsha, the Johnbosco Onunkwo Foundation, a humanitarian organization, has visited the affected persons in the area.
The visit which was made on Saturday, July 25, 2020, according to the Director General, Johnbosco Onunkwo Foundation, Chinemerem Oguegbe, was aimed at commiserating with the victims of the incident, seeing the level of damage caused by the erosion and also providing palliatives for them.
Oguegbe, while speaking earlier at the site of the erosion, also disclosed that his principal, who, he said, was in Abuja, heard of the incident about three days prior to the day of the visit, and directed them to visit and ascertain exactly what areas the people who were affected would need help.
Speaking to the press, he reiterated that the foundation was a humanitarian organization and was in the area to sympathize with Anambrarians who lost their property to the disaster and to also tell them they were aware of the difficulties they faced.
He said the foundation sought means to abate the situation as much as they could.
On their assessment of the disaster area, Oguegbe said they had seen the level of damage and appreciated what the state government had done so far, but still called on it, as well as other public spirited citizens, to do as much as they could to safeguard the life and property of residents there.
While he did not specify exactly what the palliatives would be, he said it could come in either cash or food items.
Reacting to the visit, Amechi Egbunike, a landlord in the area, thanked the foundation and said the government had made effort to redirect the flow of water in the area and that they expected further actions from them. He however noted further that their power supply had been cut off because some electric poles which were destroyed while the rechanneling of water was done.
The landlord, who represented the people of the area, noted that they had challenges, some of which, he said, occurred when the government did their bit. He noted that they took away electricity poles which had kept them in darkness for three months.
‘So we are seeking help in restoring the poles for electricity. If it is something that the Johnbosco Onunkwo Foundation would be able to do for us, we will be very glad,’ Egbunike added.
Later, while addressing the affected residents later at St Mary’s Catholic Parish, Awka Road, Onitsha, the Director General, Johnbosco Onunkwo Foundation, Oguegbe, said they were there in the name of the foundation and added that they took it upon themselves when they heard what happened to get firsthand information of the incident, as well as seeing how they could help to abate the sufferings of people who lost their homes.
He informed them that Johnbosco Onunkwo was only a salary earner who, though did not have much, thought it wise to share what he had with other people who also needed help, noting that it was the motivation for extending such hand of love and humanity to them.
He added that they intended to liaise with the state government to see how they could complete the already begun work to make sure that more was not lost.