Cross River, landslide victims seek FG intervention
Cross River State government and victims have urged the Federal Government to intervene in the recent landslide that cut off over 30,000 people of Bumaji community from the rest of Nigeria.
Bumaji community with a population of over 30,000 people from 12 autonomous villages in Boki Local Council of the state, a border community with Cameroon, was last week cut off from the rest of Nigeria due to landslide and flooding. Speaking on the incident with The Guardian yesterday,
The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. John Inaku, who spoke with The Guardian yesterday, said the damage on the road to Bumaji community was enormous and “since the landslide has blocked the road, we need to first clear the debris on the road then see how we can replace the bridges so that we can access the communities.
He said the Federal Government was aware of the natural disaster but “we are writing to the government with complete album of the incident for an urgent intervention.”
Besides, members of the community have also called on the Federal Government for an urgent intervention as they have lost so much to the incident.
Speaking on behalf of the affected community, Mr. Cletus Obun, said: “The incident was terrible. It has thrown the Bumaji community into confusion as the incident happened on a market day and market women who kept their goods by the river bank had over 300 of their banana bunches washed away by the flood. Cocoa and banana plantations were massively destroyed. The federal and state governments should please come to our rescue.”