Tension has gripped the residents of Owa-Alero Community in Ika Northeast Local Government Area of Delta State, as one of the Borrow pits in the community is currently overflooded , the same thing that happened to the said Borrow Pit when it claimed three lives some time ago.
Based on that, the effort was made by Ika Weekly Newspaper Reporter to visit the scene. On reaching there, a source who was met revealed to our reporter that the pit was dug by the road construction company for the sand filling during the tarring of the Owa-Ekei/Owa-Alero (now Senator Ifeanyi Okowa) Road.
Continuing, he said since three years ago when the construction company dug the borrow pit, three persons have died in it, saying that it normally claims life whenever it is filled up with water.
Another source also told our correspondent that when they were allocating that land to the construction company to dig sand, they disclosed then that it will cause damages in the future, suggesting that it should be taken to somewhere else and not at the business center of the town.
According to him, you know when you a poor, people don’t respect you or regard your words. When the information came to me that the community has provided the land to the construction company for a borrow pit, I gave them two reasons why it should be taken to another site.
“One of the reasons was that it may claim lives and the second one was that all the buildings around it will collapse when it starts expanding. Unfortunately, all my advice, suggestions, and efforts to ensure that this was relocated to somewhere around the farmland in the community proved abortive,” he said.
Another community leader who also spoke on the condition of anonymity disclosed that he suggested initially that the State Government should construct the roadside drainage system from the Old Lagos/Asaba Road in Boji-Boji, Owa, through Owa-Ekei, Owa-Alero, Owa-Alizomor, down to the River in Owa-Ofie Community, rather than channeling the whole water to the borrow pit.
In his words, “I am very optimistic that the State Government did what it did for selfish interest.
“What I am saying, in essence, is that the government does not want the development to be extended to other neighboring communities like Owa-Ofie Community, instead they would have done the right thing,” he said.
Other residents of Owa-Alero Community who granted an interview in their separate remarks, called on His Excellency, Senator Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State to as a matter of urgency, visit the scene of the flood and find solutions to it before it will claim more lives and properties.
Speaking further, the concerned residents advised those who built their Houses around the borrow pit to vacate their home, saying that they are afraid of the borrow pit, as it seems to expand daily.
By Sunday Memeh