- As community leader appeals to Chevron, NDDC, DESOPADEC, State Government, others for sand filling
GBARAMATU—FLOOD has submerged Benikrukru community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, rendering more than 300 residents homeless and destroying property worthing millions of nairas
Confirming the flood, Mr. Solomon Eris, former Public Relations Officer of Benikrukru community in Gbaramatu kingdom have appealed to multinational oil company, Chevron Nigeria Limited, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Delta State Government and other relevant authorities to immediately come to its rescue.
The former public relations officer of the community particularly, emphasized that the community have played host to Chevron for many years while alleging that the community remains wantonly neglected by the multinational oil giant.
According to him, “Flood have overtaken our community, Benikrukru is a major oil producing community in Delta State, despite playing host to Chevron, we remain brutally neglected by both the NDDC, DESOPADEC, Delta State Government and other developmental agencies, we are therefore, calling on the aforementioned agencies to come to our rescue by sand filling the community and the building of foreshore walls” Solomon stated.
He also want the government to construct a suitable shore protection and distributing relief materials to victims to alleviate their present sufferings.
Mr. Solomon added “The Socio-economic activities in the community have also grounded to a halt. School buildings submerged, church buildings, infact, apart from the socio-economic implication of the flood in the community, high blood pressures and other health-related cases are also recorded.
“Consequently, there is widespread outcry by owners of houses, stores and school on effects of flood on their properties, as well as displaced persons.” He said
Besides, almost all Ijaw communities in the riverine areas in the Niger Delta do experience widespread inundation, but the Benikrukru case is peculiar because of the non availability of shore protection coupled with the geographical location of the town.
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