Over 70 buildings in Airport view Estate in Asaba, the capital of Delta state may be washed away by erosion if an urgent step was not taken by the Delta State Government to construct a road leading to the Estate with drainages.
The residents of the estate have therefore cried out to the state government led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to save them from the impending catastrophe and doom.
They decried the abandonment of the road project that leads into the Estate by the Delta State Government, lamenting that their Houses were being submerged by flood due to lack of adequate road and drainage system.
Residents of the Estate
In a Communique, issued by the residents and signed by their Chairman, Mr. Joseph Obi after a peaceful protest, lamented that the State Government has made several promises to intervene in the road so as to resolve the erosion problem being faced in the area but has reneged on such promises.
Carrying placards with inscriptions such as:“If Okowa can’t save us, let him not torment us further”; “All internal roadsin Okpanam have been constructed apart from Airport view, what is our sin?” and“Okowa should stop his aide from using Government backing to build on waterchannels and causing erosion” amongst others.
The protesters decried that their lives and properties were being threatened by erosion as a result of the flood. They lamented that they no longer have access to their homes, decrying that their fences and soakaways were being washed away by the erosion.
They added that several household properties have been destroyed while others are under threat. Chairman of the Estate, Mr. Joseph Obi said his apartment was used as a campaign venue for the reelection of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa by some of his commissioners, with the promise to construct the Airport view road but expressed worry over the failed promises.
Obi who spoke on behalf of the protesters held that most of their houses have been taken over by snakes and other reptiles. While accusing the Governor’s Special Assistant on Conflict Resolution, Mr. Tony Anukwu, of building on the waterways, the residents alleged that the only water channel was bought by Mr. Tony Anukwu.