Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has directed the demolition of 65 houses at Ogwuma, Afikpo South Local Government Area of the State, following a landslide recorded in the area in July.
Umahi gave the directive while addressing the people of the area on Saturday, noting that the affected inhabitants would be resettled immediately.
According to him, resettlement was needed to save lives and prevent more landslides.
Umahi said: “there is nothing else we can do to save the lives of our people as the affected inhabitants would be supported within the limits of our resources.
“We need a small estate to resettle them but also to be our brothers’ keepers in accommodating those affected.
“Landslide is very dangerous as it gulps a lot of money to remedy.’’
Umahi also said that work on the affected area would begin on August 15.
He said, “This is because their continued stay within the affected area will put their lives at risk and cause more slides.’’
Umahi also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his immediate approval of the Federal Government’s intervention and appealed for understanding from residents of the area.
NAN reports that the landslides have been devastating the community since 2004.
The landslide, which occurred at the retaining wall of the Ogwuma community, blocked access to neighbouring communities and a section of the road leading to Ohafia in Abia.