Midnight Ocean surge sacks over 2000 residents in Ondo community

Chris Diamond, Ondo

Over 2000 residents in Aiyetoro, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have been displaced on Saturday as a result of a surge from from the Atlantic ocean.

The community have fled with little belongings after they saw water rushing down their homes.

It was revealed that over 100 houses were affected by the incident.

The Secretary of the Ayetoro Youths Congress, Emmanuel Aralu, explained that “the surge to the failure of the state government and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to complete the shoreline protection contract awarded at a cost of N6.5 bn to Atlantic Dredgers Limited (DAL) in 2006.

He noted that the community have been battling with surge for over 15 years and government has failed to take any serious step.

“The surge occurred in the middle of the night when many people had retired to bed and before we made moves to start packing, most of the houses had been submerged, we had to evacuate the people from their houses.

“No life was lost but the economy of the community will not be the same again.

The Ondo State government should come to the aid of the community and its residents.

Adeola Abejide

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