By Andrew Ikehi
Residents of Alibioba area of Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State have appealed to the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to come to their aid and save them from the imminent danger of flood disaster.
Making the appeal at the weekend in the area, the residents said that the appeal has become imperative as they currently live in fears as the only road in the community; The Universal Basic Education (UBE) Road is being washed away with the attendant deep gully it had already created.
According to the residents, except something urgently was done during this current dry season, no fewer than 12 houses may cave in and, over 400 residents rendered homeless in the event that the road was unattended to before the next raining seasons.
Speaking to journalists unbehalf of the residents, the Chairman, Landlords/Landladies Association in the area, Mr. Chukwuyem Odia, recalled that about six Months ago; residents in the area were thrown into mourning following the death of two teenagers of same parents who, he said, were swept away by the ravaging flood in the area.
The teenagers, according to Odia, were pupil and student of the two government Schools at the edge of the deep gully path; The Universal Basic Education (UBE) and Agbor Technical College, within the community.
Odia expressed the fears that except something urgently was done to fix the road, a greater calamity may occur as the gully, he noted, was expanding in dept and width.
“We are currently living in fears over this gully erosion. On our own as Landlords/Landladies, we have been working to see how we can check the erosion, but the magnitude of damage already done on the road occasioned by the volume of water, is indeed beyond our capacity.
“We have made several appeals to some of our political leaders, what we have been getting is promise.
“However, I recall that during the 2019 Governorship campaigns, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa did promise us that this road will top his priority projects if re-elected.
“As ‘Ekwueme’; the man who stands solidly by his words, we are still hopeful that he, the Governor will make good his promise and come to our aid. But we appeal that this should be done urgently, perhaps before the next raining season in order to avert the imminent danger of further loss of lives and property” Odia said.