Save us from erosion, Owo residents beg govt

Save us from erosion, Owo residents beg govt

From Jimoh Ahmed, Owo
Residents of Festus Adetula street, Okedogbon Area of Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government have called on the Ondo State Government and the authorities of the Ecological Fund to come to their aid as erosion has become a serious threat to their continued living in the area.

The people who made the call while speaking with The Hope about their plight after a rainfall some few days ago said life is increasingly becoming difficult for them.

Secretary of the Landlords Association in the area, Mr Sikiru Aralepo stated that their socio-economic life has turned upside down, forcing many of them to find temporary abode somewhere else to avoid being carried away by flood.

Mr Aralepo said those who have vehicles have abandoned them on adjoining roads since there is no way they could navigate to their homes while their children could not go out alone for fear of being carried away by flood in the event rain falls before they could get back home.

Mrs Comfort Olorunmeke while narrating her ordeal said she was nearly swept away by flood when she was trying to salvage some of her household items which were being carried away during the rain.

Mrs Olorunmeke said since the rain has just started, their experience may be worse than what happened recently.

She posited that residents now entertain fear as to what may happen next.

The chairman of the association, Mr Kola Fulani appealed to the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to urgently come to their aid as the whole area may be washed away because of the sandy terrain of the place.

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Mr Fulani disclosed that residents have tried to put an end to the annual problem, but it was getting out of their means.

The chairman, who said the people living in the area are aware of the enormous burden of the government however appealed to urgently assist them.

Similarly, Alhaji Munirudeen Okoro called on the National Ecological Fund to come to their aid by embarking on an on the spot assessment of the area to know what could be done.

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