Compiled by: Izibetome Olisah Egbo
Yesterday, the 18th day of July, 2020, at the event of the stone laying ceremony for the building of A Modern Primary School promised the Obogoro Community people by the Honourable Member representing the people of Yenagoa Local Government Area Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Hon. Oforji Oboku, owing to extinction of the former school building by erosion, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Member Hon. Oforji Abonsizibe Oboku decried the level of erosion in the coastal villages of the Ekoli Creek, situated in the heart of the Bayelsa state capital.
Although, Yenagoa is the host Local Government Area of the state, her villages are suffering from erosion, and face threats of extinction if something urgent is not done about the situation. The communities that are gravely affected include: Famgbe, Obogoro, Ogu, Akaba, Swali, Ikolo, Yenebebeli, Yenaka, Agbura, etc. These communities, over the decades, have lost valuable properties such as school buildings, church buildings, personal buildings, the list is endless! And it has greatly affected the economic and psychological activities of indigents in these communities.
Speaking at the stonelaying event in Obogoro, the passionate leader (Oforji Oboku) could not hold back the tears and pierces of compassion in his heart. His pains were fresh seeing the level of damages done to Obogoro Community as a result of erosion. In his words: "My people are suffering! My Constituents are suffering greatly from the effects of erosion. This is not politics, it is about the plight of a people who is at the verge of extinction owing to the high rise, and fast pace of the tentacles of erosion in the Ekoli Creek!
Today, we stand here, in astonishment, to mourn over this primary school building that was fully in existence with a very spacious environment Five Years ago (2015). And that is how neighbouring communities around the Ekoli Creek have been suffering over the years. If an immediate conscious mechanism is not put in place, we will wake up one fine morning to discover that these affected communities have gone in extinction owing to the unmerciful ravaging of erosion! That is why, today, without playing politics, I call on the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State Sen. Douye Diri, and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, to, as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of the Epie-Atissa people!"
The Lawmaker noted that if it was something within his financial capability, he would have not bothered to spew it out, but would have immediately swing into action, but the project was far more weightier than his financial strength, and would take him till eternity to pay back even if he borrowed funds for it's execution.
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