By Demola Atobaba
Residents of Owodunni Quarters, behinde Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ajowa Market area of Ado-Ekiti have appealed to both the Ekiti state and federal governments to rescue them from the impending environmental challenges waiting to happen in their areas.
They made the appeal in Ado-Ekiti, in an interview with our Correspondent who visited the area to capture the situation of the waterways.
One of the affected residents, Rev. Oluwafemi Akole-Joshua said several letters of appeal have been written to the government to come to their aid by fixing the drainage from Ajowa Market area down to the Owodunni street.
He maintained that more needed to be done by government and philanthropists in the area of people’s welfare rather than engaging in non-profitable things that could not benefit the masses.
According to him, “I have been in this street since 1993 and it wasn’t like this before. Our street has been in a serious environmental mess for the past six years now. We have written not less than five different letters, appealing to the government to save us from the looming disaster”
“Whenever it rains heavily at night , we always experience what I can describe as sleepless night because of the way the water channels usually collapsed as a result of the water coming with full force from Oke-Ila, Dalimore, Olobe streets and Old Danke area,” Rev. Akole-Joshua stated.
Narrating her experience, an 80-year-old widow, Mrs Bolanle Ajisafe called on government to have mercy on the residents of the area.
“My appeal to our government at all levels is that they should have mercy on us because we have done everything within our reach. Government should not neglect us.
According to the widow, “This is my fifteen years in this street. Some of our tenants who could not cope with the situation had left. I have personally written several letters aside visitations to appeal to those that matter in the state, yet nothing positive happened.
Other landlords and tenants who spoke with EKITI STANDARD include Mrs Aina Adebayo, Mrs Alimi Oluwaranti and Mrs Blessing Elias.
According them, “The experience has not been palatable at all. We have spent all we gathered to ensure that our houses are not consumed by the heavy downpour.
“We don’t need to deceive ourselves anymore. Over the years, we have serious challenges here as a result of this flooding. When government saw our letters of appeal, they visited the area to ascertain the level of damage done to our properties, but yet nothing was done by the government.
“All we are clamouring for is that government should safe us from this impending disaster by fulfilling their promises of fixing the drainage for us,” they appealed.
All effort to speak with the Ministry of environment over the development proved abortive as at press time.
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