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Federal High Court, Awka faces imminent collapse

Awka erosion. Photo: NAN

The Federal High Court, Awka is under serious gully erosion threat and at the verge of imminent collapse.

Parts of the property had already caved into the gaping gully.

Some of the parts that have been lost to erosion include the perimeter fence, generator house, the original site for electricity and tarred road leading to Judges’ Quarters.

Other are the Boys Quarters for servants and house helps in the Judges’ Quarters, the water supply borehole and the part of the entrance to the Court complex.

A staff of the Federal High Court, Mrs Blessing Egbuche said they no longer felt safe working under the prevailing circumstance.

Mrs. Egbuche said no part of the complex is safe now as each rainfall reduces the integrity of the buildings which already had visible cracks due to underground vibrations.

She said electricity and water supplies were no longer available as they could no longer use the borehole and the transformer had been dismantled.

Mrs. Egbuche said they had complained to the Anambra Government and the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, but no help has been rendered.

Also, Deputy Chief Registrar in the Court, Mrs May Esealuka, lamented the possible loss of the multi-million naira complex to gully erosion.

Mrs. Esealuka said all efforts to get the Anambra Government and Ministry of Environment to intervene in the problem since it started were futile.

According to her, we have sent letters to Anambra Government in November last year and all the people and agencies that matter in Anambra, including NEWMAP came and saw the current state of the building.

It is not only the Federal High Court Complex that is at risk as the erosion is just few metres away from the Federal Secretariat still under construction.

Some structures in the abandoned Three Arms Zone along Ekwueme Square have also been swalowed by the gully.

Responding to the situation, Head of Communications in NEWMAP, Mr Emeka Achebe, said the World Bank Technical Team have visited the site and appreciated the enormity of Danger.

Mr. Achebe said a special intervention plan known as “Gully Rapid Action and Slope Stabilisation (GRASS), has been approved for the site.

According to him this will control damage and immediate threat to houses and other critical infrastructure and remedial works will begin before the end of August.

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