An appeal has gone to the Kwara State Government to safe the inhabitants of Olorunsogo Community, Ita Alamu Oju Irin, Ilorin, Ilorin West Local Government of the state from erosion which had seriously affected most residential buildings.
A visit by our reporter to the community shows massive destruction of the drainage and roads which equally affected buildings in the area.
Some of the residents said they now live in fear as a result of the havoc caused by the gully erosion.
They noted that the diversion of volume of water occasioned by the wrong channelization from Olunlade led to the damages and destruction of roads in the areas and drainages.
Ariyo Osatoba explained that the erosion had greatly affected the lean purse of the residents who are mostly retired Civil Servants.
Ariyo stressed that the foundations of most buildings in the affected areas are under threat and brick of being washed away which may render the people homeless.
He added that the community had written series of letters to the Government since 2020 and followed with series of reminders.
According to him, the development had made government officials from Ministries of Environments and Works to visit the affected spots and made recommendations appropriately.
After the visit, he noted that nothing had been done by the government, he then appealed for urgent intervention as they could not bear the cost of repairing the concrete drainages.
The development and the damage to the road, Ariyo explained had damaged their vehicles.
Meanwhile, a copy of the letter written to the government, signed by Balogun Michael and made available to journalists reads in parts “Ita-Alamu Landlord Progressive Association, Olorunshogo Community Behind Railway Line off Matrix Petrol Station Ita-Alamu Ilorin Kwara State. Motto Unity and Progress.
” I wish to forward this letter of complaint as it relates to the diversion of water (erosion) on the completion of the Ajase-Ipo main road by Charvet Construction Company on the 7th of June, 2011 to our Community which has created a gully erosion leading to the destruction of properties and collapse of the building.
“I wish to appreciate the effort of the government for their response in 2020 for the Construction of the drainage, other drainages were channeled from Olunlade and other areas leading to the overflow of water which is already dangerous for lives and properties more than hitherto in our Community.
“Again, the Construction drainage has since collapsed and the water in an attempt to find a way out channeled itself elsewhere, thereby leading to collapse of fences and threat to buildings along the drainage area such that if not urgently attended to will lead to more destruction of lives and properties in our area.
“We humbly appeal to the government to urgently come to our aid so as to salvage this situation so that it will not cause more havoc to our people.
“While thanking your Excellency for your quick response, we promised to remain law abiding.”
Also speaking, Victoria Job Dada said she and her family could no longer sleep when it is rain because of fear that the rain may affect their building.
Dada, appealed to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration to assist her and her family with the reconstruction of the drainages.