Residents of four riverine communities in Ondo State have appealed to the state and the Federal Government to assist them following the destruction of their property by the Atlantic Ocean.
The four affected communities are Mese, Ayetoro, Abereke, and Gbagira, all in the Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
A source informed our correspondent on Sunday that the ocean surge often occurred in the coastal communities, but the latest one that wreaked havoc started three weeks ago and had yet to cease.
He, however, said no life was lost.
The source said, “Many people have been rendered homeless after the incident because their houses were destroyed. We need government intervention. We need shoreline protection in that area.
“I can tell you that almost 70 per cent of the affected communities have been taken over by the ocean.”
The Coordinator of a community group, Ilaje Advancement Forum, Fadeshola Ojamomi, called on the government and other stakeholders to protect residents of the communities.
Ojamomi said the government was aware of the development, noting that the affected areas started noticing the incursion in 2006.
“The Federal Government approved the sum of N8bn for sea embankment sometime in 2006 and 2007, but nothing has been done till date.
“We wrote to the governor recently and we are currently working on an open letter to the President via national dailies,” he added.