Sequel to consistent rain downpour across the nation, dwellers and occupants of Lekki and it vicinities has laid bittered complaints to the appropriate quarters following the recent havock that has befall the vicinities in the past few weeks due to the heavy downpour of rain.
The complaints which was said to be from twelve (12) different communities has rent out cries for help to the vicinity local government, the community development leaders and the State government due to the fact that the ocean surge is now a threat to their lives and also a threat to their means of
livelihood. Specifically, the following concerned
communities are; Igbekodo/Shirinwon, Apakin, Itamarun, Oriyonrin, Otoolu,
Okegelu, Lepia, Ikegun, Folu, Okun-Ise,
Akodo-Ise, Imedu of Lekki LCDA, and Ibeju-Lekki local
government area of Lagos State.
The communities which encompasses the Dangote petrochemicals industries and
Refinery company, and also the Lagos Deep Seaport has continually experienced environmental hazards which are consequences of the dredging and construction projected embarked upon by the aforementioned industries.The people who major occupations are farming and fishing continually suffers huge losses as their boats, canoes, fishing equipments as well as crops running into millions of naira has been washed away for the past 34 months. However, leaders of the affected communities which includes Chief Omojole (Baale
Igbekodo/Shinrinwo), Chief Iyowun Abimbola (Baale Apakin), Chief Sulaimon Ibikunle
(Baale Itamarun), Chief Odunayo Kayode (Baale Oriyonrin), Chief Kasali Folabi (Baale
Otoolu), Chief Isiaka Waliu (Acting Baale Okegelu), Chief Lawal Segun (Representative of
Lepia), Chief Musiliu Abibu (Baale Ikegun), Chief Lawal Tajudeen (Baale Folu), Chief Shittu
Lateef (Baale Akodo-Ise), Chief Kareem Hafeez (Acting Baale Okun-Ise), Chief Sodiq
Mubashiru (Baale Imedu) claimed to have written several letters to the state government, which were duly
acknowledged, but no actions have been taken to that effect by the government or Dangote refineries to fill the eroded shores or set permanent preventive measures.
In response to the communities plight and the mass protest they held on Monday 25th July, 2022, 1steleven9jatv and other media hubs paid a visit to OBA OF LEKKI, HRM OBA OLUMUYIWA OGUNBEKUN who equally affirmed his awareness of the happenings, but stated that he has been unable to meet with Hon. Rasaki Bamidele Kasali, Executive Chairman Lekki Local Council Development Area, Lagos as regards it but however promises a new era to the occupants.
Equally, an attempt was made to contact the said Local government Chairman in his office to express the grievances but his absence was met as his Chief of Staff, Hon. Tunde Taiwo addressed the press and promised to relay the information to him and also directed the communities leaders to select representatives amongst them to fix a meeting with the Chairman to discuss the problems.
1steleven9jatv was able to Garner the fact that some representatives from Dangote industries eventually met with the communities leaders and promised to profer possible solutions.
Check out few other photos of the residents below;