Sea incursion: Ilaje chairman embarks on sand filling

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The caretaker chairman, Ilaje Local Government, Hon. Aworetan  Fayowole  has embark on a massive sand filling and interlocking of Ayetoro community in Ilaje local government area of Ondo State as a result of flood disaster caused by sea incursion .

The project been handle and supervise by Pess Project Nig. Ltd. become necessary in order to safeguard the people of Ayetoro community, an impending disaster which has been neglected over the years by previous governments.

Ayetoro community is perceived to be situated below the sea level which has resulted in perennial floods that has affected lives and properties due to the activities of oil companies during oil exploration offshore, leading into the sliding of the land back into the oil wells after explorations.

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Aworetan said: "The clamouring in response to ecological degradation was the major reason why this project is being executed.

"The project has to be fast tracked by providing all the needed logistic.

"And I must commend the governor of Ondo State, the indefatigable Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu for his timely financial support. On behalf of the good people of Ayetoro community and ilaje in general we are grateful."

Aworetan however appealed to the community for their needed support and assistance during the execution of the project.

He equally promised to always commit to the plight of the people in the discharge of his duties to every other communities wt similar experience.

The site manager Pess Project Nigeria Ltd, Engr Mustapha Omoki lauded the chairman for his initiative, and for mobilizing them on time.

Mustapha said "After the approval of the chairman, the company has to change the scope of the project from flood control into sand filling and interlocking after a reassessment of the project so as to have a lasting solution to the perennial problems confronting the people.

In his contributions, The  PRO, Ayetoro community, Prince Victor Akinluwa commended the chairman  for his rescue mission from ecological disaster caused by oil exploration activities and total neglect by previous governments.

He said: "Without mincing words, this is a good man and a very active chairman. Since he came on board, he has been very sensitive to the plight of the people.

"We have the most angry sea in Nigeria if not in Africa because of the nature of our soil. And we have experienced total neglect from previous government.

"Our land continues to slide into the sea due to the negligence of the oil companies operating offshore behind us by their failure to fill back the oil wells after explorations.

"Most of our houses and properties have been lost to the sea without any compensation or mutual benefits from  the oil companies."

A community leader, Pastor Lawrence Lemomu Young, the Baba Ijo of Ayetoro community also eulogied the chairman for coming to the aid of the community.

He complained that church found it very difficult to worship on Sunday and many times,  they have to drain the water.

Similarly, the  youth chairman, Mr. Iretolu Ajinde could not hide his appreciation to the chairman.

He said: "This is a miracle project. We never expected it so fast like this.

"We are seriously in love with the APC  government both at the state and federal. We have a lot of resources coming from here but we have not been so benefited like this."

Iretolu concluded by saying the only ever benefited by community was a street solar panel light executed by Nddc in 2010 and has since stopped operating.

The sand filling and interlocking when completed is expected to transverse along the length and breadth of the community covering about 2 kilometres.

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