A former vice president of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, may soon become homeless as his family house may be washed away by erosion.
Jewitt Trevor, an erosion expert, made the revelation during a visit by the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Matters to the area.
He also warned that the situation in Ekwueme’s home was a disaster waiting to happen.
The erosion expert, explained: “I must impress that, if this work is not started quickly, then, we have a big problem here.
“All the work we have 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.”
Already, some houses in the area, including that of Dr. Ekwueme’s grandfather have been swallowed.
A leader of the community, Mr. Handel Okoli said the enormity of the erosion in the area was not known to the government.
“Oko and Nanka people have seen their farm lands and entire communities washed away, every rainy season.
“The tragedy of the situation is that the Federal Government is yet to take the matter as seriously as it deserves.
“The problem we have now is how to get the government to award the contract for the second phase of the erosion remedial work.”
“The present contractors have completed their works at Nanka.
“Once they leave the site, the entire work will collapse since financial provision has not been made to check the Oko end of the site.
“So we are in a dire situation and already the number of internally displaced persons is increasing in leaps and bounds,” Okoli said.
The leader of the delegation, honorable Obinna Chidoka, described the situation as a calamity.