Six houses and property worth millions have confirmed destroyed in a major landslide that occurred in Okoloba community, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state.
The community has already been thrown into confusion as the people said their lives are in danger as a reoccurrence is likely.
Mr. Titus Yeigbagha and Chief Imomoemi Officer who spoke on behalf of the victims said landslides had occurred in the community in 2008, 2013 and 2015. The duo who feared landslides might force the people to relocate from the community appealed for help from the Federal Ministry of Environment for the construction of shoreline protection.
The Deputy-Governor of Bayelsa, Rear Admiral John Gboribiogha Jonah who visited the community raised alarm that unless the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Environment move urgent to help Bayelsa state, many communities in the oil rich state would be washed away.
According to him the Federal Government would need to participate more effectively in the protection of the Bayelsa environment, which he noted, has suffered serious degradation owing to erosion and oil exploration activities.
“There are lots of erosion sites in Bayelsa State; this is just one of them. We have been reporting about how the ocean surge has been washing off our communities including Koluama. There is need for the Federal Ministry of Environment to look into Bayelsa’s case more seriously now, with this wake-up call that we have gotten today. We shall inform the Federal Government on the need for them to participate more effectively in the protection of our environment” he said