AYETORO SEA INCURSION: FG PLEDGES SUPPORT TO ONDO STATE
The Federal Government has expressed its determination to partner Ondo State Government to find a permanent solution to the lingering sea incursion ravaging the Ayetoro community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State and its environ.
The Minister for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril disclosed this while on assessment tour of the community.
The minister, who described the damage done to the community by the incursion as a monumental catastrophe, said Ilaje Local Government, Ondo State Government and the Federal Government have roles to play in fixing the problem, saying they would put heads together to permanently resolve the issue.
Ibrahim applauded the Arakunrin Akeredolu-led government for being proactive by sending in papers repeatedly to the Federal Government on the issue which he said were being looked into.
In his words, " just last week, a complete report of ecological problems across the country was submitted to the Federal Executive Council"
"It took couple of months for the Ecological Funds Office to send people across the country to do direct assessment of all areas of problems and Ondo State is not left out"
Noting the complex nature of the problem, the minister said short, medium and long terms strategies would be deplored to address the problem.
"If we are going to have a long term strategy, we will need experts not only in Nigeria but even outside the shores of Nigeria. There are people who had lived below the sea level and they 've been able to reclaim their land and moved forward. Nothing stops us from understudying what they have done," Ibrahim said.
Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi who accompanied the Minister on the tour, had called on the Federal Government for assistance, saying the task of solving the problem was beyond the state government.
Ajayi noted that though the government of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had recently donated relief materials worth several millions of Naira to the people, a lot needed to be done by federal government and international community to put a permanent end to the problem.
He however expressed optimism that the problem would soon be a thing of the past with the visit of the minister, saying it was the first time the state government had been able to bring high level officials of the federal government to the incursion ridden area since the problem started over ten years ago.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Federal House of Representative Committee on Environment, Hon. Obinna Chidoka said necessary legislation would worked on to assist in salvaging the situation.
The incessant incursion had troubled the riverine community for years with the recent which occurred in June this year.