Governor Umahi orders demolition of 65 houses following landslide in Ebonyi
Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Saturday ordered the demolition of 65 houses in Ogwuma, in the state’s South Afikpo Local Government Area, following a landslide recorded in the region last month.
The governor, who gave the directive while addressing residents of the area, said affected residents would be immediately resettled.
He said the relocation was necessary to save lives and prevent further landslides in the area.
The landslide that occurred at the Ogwuma community retaining wall blocked access to nearby communities and a section of the road leading to Ohafia in Abia State.
Landslides had devastated the community since 2004.
Umahi said, “There is nothing else we can do to save the lives of our people as the affected residents would be supported within the limits of our resources.
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“We need a small estate to resettle them but also to be our brothers’ guardians by welcoming the victims.
“The landslide is very dangerous because it is swallowing up a lot of money to fix it.”
He said work on the affected area would begin on Monday.
The governor also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his immediate endorsement of the federal government’s intervention and appealed for understanding from the people of the region.
“This is because their continued stay in the affected area will put their lives at risk and cause further landslides.
“I commend the chairman of the council and other stakeholders for the repair works in the affected area and urge them to intensify their efforts to improve the situation,” he added.
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