International Worship Centre wrecks more Havoc on Host Community

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International Worship Centre wrecks more Havoc on Host Community

… as Julius Berger expands flood channel into houses, farmlands

Priscilla Christopher

Barely a month after an alarm was raised over the channeling of flood water from the premises of the International Worship Centre into Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan, the surrounding host community; the firm handling the construction of the Altar, Julius Berger has opened a bigger triangular channel behind the edifice to empty the entire flood water from within it into the community.

The new flood channel

The triangular channel which is about the size of an 8×3 inches window frame was recently discovered by members of the community who noticed an unusual increase in the flow of the destructive water.

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“We observed that the speed and force with which the water now flows is rather too rapid and fills up the environment within few seconds of rainfall, unlike before when it takes up to 20-30 minutes before this whole place is flooded”, one of the residents narrated.

“Upon reaching the source of the flow, we discovered the new water outlet which is far bigger than the other one. So, the company closed the former outlet which was a little above this new one and opened this bigger one instead”, the resident lamented.

As a result of the new opening and expansion, the woes of residents living behind the Worship centre have deepened, as more buildings and farmlands have been submerged in the flood, while residents have been displaced.

It would be recalled that had reported the ugly incident weeks back and called on the Akwa Ibom State Government to intervene in the situation.

One of the community members who spoke to this reporter related that following the report done by this paper, some government functionaries had gone to inspect the place and assured the community that a drainage system would be constructed after the rainy season.

“They told me that they cannot do anything now because of the rain but look at what has happened now? Can we wait till after the rainy season? Would we still have our houses after the rainy season?, he grieved.

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Also expressing strong concerns about the development, Mr. Emmanuel Edem narrated how much he has lost since the commencement of the construction.

“We had peace and sound mind before the citing of this project but all of that left us since 2018. I had to relocate my family to a safe place because of this disaster. The whole place has been deserted. If I am going out now, I have to carry my shoes and trouser in my hands and walk through the water before wearing them out there. Is that fair?”, he grieved.

Situated behind the renowned banking layout, off Udo Udoma Avenue in Uyo, the International Worship Centre has become an unbearable pain in the neck of the host community whose houses and roads have turned ponds and mini-streams as a result of the Altar’s flood channel which empties the entire flood from the four-corners of the Worship Centre into surrounding houses and farmlands.

Residents are therefore calling on the State Government to intervene in their ordeal by ordering Julius Berger to stop its attempt at causing further damages to their properties