The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Owerri Operations Office together with Imo State Government delegation led by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku alongside the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Lady Nkechinyere Ugwu and the Commissioner for Environment, Sir Major Ejikeme Emenike, among others. were at Umuchima gully erosion site in Ideato-South Local Government Area to assess the damages caused by the menace.
Speaking during the visit, the Deputy Governor beckoned on the Federal Government as a matter of urgency to come to the aid of the community to avoid more impending damages to the already terrible situation.
He also appealed to the community to avoid engaging in activities that will make the already deplorable situation worst.
The Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed ably represented by the Ag. Head of Operation, NEMA Owerri Operations Office expressed his heartfelt sympathy on behalf of the Federal Government to the community. The Ag. head of Operation promised to put up a comprehensive report of the assessment to his Agency’s Headquarters for immediate relief intervention, so to cushion the effect of the menace.
The Deputy Governor alongside the team also undertook an on-the-spot assessment of other erosion sites around the area starting from Ogboko to the Umuchima axis where about 10 houses were swept away by the devastating erosion menace that ravaged the community. The Deputy Governor commiserated with Rtd. Justice Omeonu whose house was one of the houses submerged a few days ago, described the situation as very sad and promised that the Government of Senator Hope Uzodimma and the Federal Government would do everything within reach to bring succour to the Community.