Residents lament as ocean submerges buildings in Ondo

Many houses and other property were submerged following the incursion of the Atlantic Ocean into the coastal community of Ayetoro in the Ilaje local government Area of Ondo State on Saturday.
It was gathered that the ocean had overrflow its bank and it had claimed about 500 meters of the community’s landscape with many houses and lands destroyed.

It was also learnt that  the incursion happened as result of “climate change, oxone layers depletion, global warming and the activities of oil prospecting and operating companies.”

The residents of the community, who lamented their plight, called on the state government and other agencies, including the Ondo State Oil-Producing Areas Development Commission and the Niger Delta Development Commission, to come to the aid of the community.

A resident, Mr  Bola Ajijo, said the ocean surge, a perennial occurrence, had almost swept away the entire community, appealing to the government to assist the coaster town.

He added that the Federal Government had awarded many sea protection contracts to protect the community from incursion, but there had not been any solution to the problem.

He said, “The erosion of the sea shore which is now over 500 metres has been gradual. To tame the incursion, the FG through the NDDC awarded  over N12bn sea protection contracts some years ago but to our amazement, there is nothing to show for it.

“Apart from destroying means of inhabitants’ livelihood, the ocean surge and rainfall have destroyed property worth billions of naira. We are appealing to the NDDC, Ondo State Government and donor agencies to come to our aid to save our community from being washed out of history.

Similarly, a group, under the auspices of the Ilaje Advancement Forum, in a statement said most of the land and buildings in the town had been taken over by the ocean.

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