No fewer than 500 residents of Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State have been sacked from their homes following an erosion menace which has taken over 70.5 hectares of the communal land with over 2km in length.
The natural disaster which washed away many farmlands, economic trees, and public utilities, also washed away about 100 homes and left many others under threat.
A community leader of Urunnebo village, Enugwu-Ukwu, Mr Nwadinigwe Emmanuel, said yesterday when the officials of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) visited the erosion site to ascertain the level of damage, that the disaster had lasted more than 30 years.
He said leaders of the affected community tried to control the erosion at the initial stage through planting of bamboo and melina trees, but the efforts were futile. The Anambra State Project Coordinator of NEWMAP, Michael Ivenso, and
Director of Communication, Aries Concept Nigeria Ltd which partners with NEWMAP, Sola Akinsikun, in their separate speeches, implored the residents to embrace positive environmental practices to ensure that further damage was not done, assuring that remedial work would start in the area soonest.