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Ekwueme’s house under threat, erosion expert warns

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Ekwueme’s house under threat, erosion expert warns

Alex Ekwueme

Tony Okafor, Awka

A United Kingdom erosion expert, Trevor Jewitt, has predicted that if proactive measures were not taken, the family house of a former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, in Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State would be swept away by erosion, come next rainy season.

 Jewitt stated this when a delegation of House of Representatives members led by Obinna Chidoka visited erosion sites in the area.

 Jewitt, a representative of Rhino Construction Nigeria Limited, who had studied erosion trend in Nanka and Oko for six years, described the situation as a disaster waiting to happen.

 “I must impress that if this work is not started quickly, then we have a big problem here. All the work we had already done would be wasted. It is not whether it will happen, it is certain it will happen.

 “We know what to do to stop the gully from advancing further into Oko community. It is a matter of funding,” he said.

 Southern City News gathered that already, the home belonging to the grandfather of  Dr. Alex Ekwueme, had collapsed.

Addressing the House Committee members, a leader of the committee, Mr. Handel Okoli, said the enormity of the erosion in the area was not known to government.

 Okoli said, “We are very convinced that until the approving authority for the disbursement of the ecological fund visits this site, the enormity of the situation will never be appreciated.

 “The problem we have now is how to get the Federal Government to award the contract for the second phase of the erosion remedial works just to make sure that the palliative works done by the present contractor on the Nanka side is not washed away in the next rainy season.”

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