Erosion: Group set to embark on protest over stalled canalization project in Bayelsa community

Yenagoa—A group, Save Obogoro Community from Erosion (SOGFE), is set to embark on a peaceful protest to press home their demand for the completion of a canalization project in Obogoro community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

It will be recalled that over the past few years Obogoro has been experiencing unprecedented levels of erosion that have destroyed properties and claimed lives.

In a letter addressed to the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police and signed by its convener, Ada Gwegwe and coordinator, Mike Kpekpere notifying the police of a protest scheduled to hold on 7th December 2022 in Yenagoa, the group stated that the community is on the verge of extinction because of the daily negative impact of the erosion.

“Sir let me also inform you that within just a year the community lost her model St John’s Primary school built in 1972, Corpers Lodge built in 2013, Community Square and water project built by Bill Gate and World Bank in 2013, lands and over 200 houses have been rendered homeless and property worth millions of Naira lost.
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“The leadership of the community and the SOGFE has written several letters to both the Federal and State Governments and other relevant agencies but to no avail until the Bayelsa State Government awarded the contract for the canalization project in 2021.

“The contractor started work in March and stopped working before this year’s 2022 flood.

“We have been appealing and reminding the Bayelsa State Government to date the contractor has not gone back to site and from 1st of November 2022 till today over 15 houses have been washed away by the erosion,” the letter reads.

The letter also stated that as part of efforts to prevent Obogoro from going into extinction, the SOGFE will embark on a peaceful protest on the 7th of December 2022, if the contractor is not mobilized to site to complete the project.

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