Kingsley Braide, Yenagoa
The People of Aguobiri Community in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State have appealed to the State Government to provide them with potable drinking water.
They also sent similar appeal to the construction company handling the Yenagoa-Oporoma road which passes through their community.
According to them the provision of potable water will curtail the outbreak of Cholera, which has caused several deaths in the community in the last one month.
They alleged that the strange deaths started after the company, CCECC, blocked the Silver River, linking the community by constructing a barge across it, leaving no space for the flow of water.
A member of the Chiefs Council in Aguobiri Community, Chief Prince K. Ototomo, said that the blockade of the Silver River has not only caused Cholera and many deaths, but has also denied members of the community access to their farmlands and fishing areas.
He equally called on the state government and the CCECC to help tackle the present flood and health challenges facing them.
On their parts, an octogenarian, Elder Godfrey Odu, the CDC Chairman, Mr. Peter J. Ayoko, and some women lamented that the development has severely affected their means of livelihoods.
They expressed appreciation to the state government for the multi billion naira road, but argued that their lives should not be placed in exchange for development.
The Head of Yenagoa office of the Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Comrade Morris Alagoa, condemned the blockade of the Silver River, and urged the government and the construction firm to see to the demands of the community, by providing food and medical supplies to them.