The people of Obogoro community in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State have sent an “SOS to the State and Federal Government on the gradual loss of their ancestral home lands and buildings to erosion.
The recent loss of six buildings to erosion in the area has thrown the community into more panic as some lament that they stand the risk of losing their ancestral lands completely unless a comprehensive shoreline project is initiated by the government.
The people of Obogoro in the Yenagoa Council area of Bayelsa State have been decimated already by the steady tidal waves of Ekoli river which has caused them to loose about sixty per cent of their original homeland to coastal erosion.
The traditional ruler of Obogoro community, Godwin Igodo has expressed regret that government is insensitive to the plight of his people notwithstanding repeated calls for rescue of the community.
The coastal erosion has impacted negatively on socio-economic activities in the area following the exodus of many residents to Yengoa, the state capital. But the dire situation notwithstanding, some residents like Regina Nelson whose house is dangerously close to the river are deviant.