Residents of Uta Ewa community in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have been rendered homeless after water overflowed through Imo River destroying property worth millions in Naira.
The incident, which occurred on September, 27, 2019 was as a result of the collapse of embankment constructed 32 years ago by the Federal Government.
The chairman of the village council, Elder Emmanuel Udofia, in a statement on Sunday said the community has been devastated by the disaster.
Elder Emmanuel appealed to the federal government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and the Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission to immediately come to the aid of the community.
“Uta Ewa Water front, an economic route for maritime activities has been experiencing low water level, until last week when it overflowed through Imo River that traverses its creek, submerging the community.
“This unfortunate disaster has devastated our fishing community. It is caused by decayed embankment constructed by the federal government about 32 years. Since then remedial efforts by the community to sustain the embankment have been in vain. We have written series of letters to the authorities concern but to no avail.
“As a fishing community, we have lost so much to the aggressive pressure, our fishing inputs have been destroyed and some equipment swept away by the raging water.
“We, therefore, want to use this medium to appeal to the federal government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission to come our aid.”