by Isi Esene
Vice President Namadi Sambo’s visit to Buanchor, in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, brought nothing but grief to Bessie Obi on Friday as sand and wind propelled by his helicopter caused the collapse of her mud-house.
The 78-year-old woman quickly ran out of her house wailing over the misfortune which has befallen her. She was quickly attended to by officers of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency and its counterpart in the National Emergency Management Agency who tried to console the old woman.
The mud-house had three rooms, an old wooden furniture and other household items.
Obi was attended to by the director general of SEMA, Vincent Aquah, who assured her and four other occupants of the house that something will be done to address the problem.
Sambo was in Buanchor to ascertain the extent of damage caused by recent landslide from surrounding mountains silting rivers, streams, and causing flooding in the area.
The vice president, who reportedly had no inkling of what damage his helicopter landing had caused, sympathized with the community on the damage caused by the landslide promising to take necessary steps to address the disaster by constituting a committee to manage the situation.
Governor Liyel Imoke who accompanied Sambo on the visit said the presence of the vice president showed the concern the Federal Government had for the people of Boki and the state in general.
He said the silting of the rivers and streams has deprived the people of the area the needed potable water.
Buanchor community, Katabang, Orimekpang and Boje in Boki as well as some communities in Ikom were heavily flooded on account of the landslide in July.