The managing director of Ebi-hitech Construction Company, Bishop Oamen, contracting firm handling Uzoubi-Umuna Orlu Road in Orlu Local, Imo State recently escaped lynching as angry youths of the community attacked him over the erosion menace that sacked the place after the heavy down pour Friday.
The contractor who is from Edo state is said to have caused the flood that swept away about four houses, and shops over what was termed “inexperienced job”.
Sources from the community told our reporter that the contractor started work on the road for the past 3 days without initial consultation to the monarch, youth leaders or the villagers to ascertain the major ways of combating the occurrence of such natural disaster.
But the contractor was said have gone to the site with his 2 machines and cleared the sand blocks which the villagers and residents of the area had used to check erosion incase of such down pour.
Unfortunately in the process, the rain started and developed into heavy downpour and sacked many from their homes.
However, the victims of the erosion managed to escape the flooding to avoid being drowned, but their property worth millions of naira and their livestock were destroyed, while a building was said to have collapsed due to the heavy downpour.
While this lasted, the youths of the community who were affected by the flood gathered and went in search of the contractor where he packed his machines and were about to descend on him for his ignorance but were stopped by the youth leader of the community Chief Columbus Nwadike.
Speaking with our reporter one of the youths lamented that the flood had sacked many indigenes of the community from their homes while residents had been forced to relocate from the community.
He blamed Governor Rochas Okorocha for giving the contract to inexperienced contractors in construction work and disclosed that the angry youths had vowed to deal with the contractor if he did not do anything to prevent further occurrence before the next downpour.
Some of the flood victims whose shops, houses and poultry were destroyed lamented that before the contractor started the work, they tried to educate him and let him know the topography of the area but he refused to listen to them.
They also blamed Governor Okorocha for not giving the job to the first contracting company that did almost the roads of Orlu metropolis which people were satisfied with.
One of them said, “The only construction company we feel that would have done the work effectively is JP contracting company. He studied our topography and worked according to it. That’s why we didn’t have this kind of problem in the last three years in Orlu”.