The recent flood disaster which occurred in Onitsha where dozens of houses were swept into Nkissi river at Obeleagu /Nkissi Aroli Streets axis could be a child’s play if what is presently happening at Akpaka Housing Estate close to the St Valerian Catholic Church is not arrested before next rainy season in 2021.
Journalists who went on a fact finding mission in the area discovered that already, some of the buildings were standing on the edge of very deep gully erosion waiting to collapse into the gully.
The St Valerian Catholic Parish is not spared at all since the advancing landslide was already on their doorsteps ready to strike on the church buildings and other residential houses around.
The Priest in charge of St Valerian Catholic Parish, Akpaka,Rev. Fr. Victor Ezeanya was not available for comments but some of the parishioners who spoke on condition of anonymity told us that the situation has been reported to the government severally in the past years but that it all fell on deaf ears.
A Parish official said he was sure that Governor Willie Obiano had directed his Chief of Staff to champion rehabilitation of the erosion site and to ensure the structures were not destroyed by gully erosion but that every effort appeared to have fallen on deaf ears.
Another official,one of the old parishioners said he was aware that between the Obi and Obiano administrations,a contract was awarded to remedy the situation but that no meaningful thing has since been done.
Most of the residents of the area have complained that they now sleep with their eyes open and have become afraid that they may fall victim of the same fate suffered by Nkissi Aroli /Obeleagu flood disaster ,Onitsha where many houses were swept away by flood and gully erosion.
Journalists expected that on his return, the Parish Priest of St Valerian Catholic Church will shed more light into this development.
By Ononye VC