Odi community leaders and the Bayelsa state government are calling on the federal government, through the Ecological Fund Office, to come to the community’s aid after heavy rains, swept away houses and property worth millions of naira into the nearby River Nun.
It destroyed electricity cables, and threw the town into darkness, Daily Trust reports. The Odi Council of Chiefs called on FG to approve the Odi shoreline protection project as the river has again overflowed its banks, destroyed four houses and a large portion of the major road in the community.
Chairman of Odi Community Development Committee (CDC), Goddy Niweigha, said: “we are pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari to come to our aid and ensure that the approval process is fast tracked. Time is of essence, as you can see, Odi community is on the verge of being washed away by the River Nun.”
Governor Seriake Dickson, who visited the area, called on the federal government to intervene.