It has been tales of woe and pain for the people of Boluo Tebegbe community in Burutu local government area of Delta State following the submerging of the entire community by flood, a situation which destroyed 63 fish ponds and farmlands.
The chairman of the Community Association, Mr. Wilfred Oroh said, “Our major occupation is fish farming and our natural source of tracking fish is facing the worst challenge in our entire history with our source of livelihood being swept away by flood which is yet to subside”.
He commended the state government for its early preparedness for flood victims in the state.
Mr. Oroh explained that the condition of the community is presently critical with the threats of flood, saying that the community cannot relocate from its natural habitat to another land because of her God-given environment.
He said, “Our children have stopped school as the flood has taken over their schools; accessing their schools has also become difficult as canoe transportation has become a dangerous venture”. He disclosed that the people have lost two persons since the beginning of this year.
He called on the federal government, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to come to their aid as over 63 fish ponds have been submerged including farmlands.
Meanwhile, the state attorney-general and commissioner of justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, has decried the level of infrastructural decay in the Bomadi Zonal Office, saying that it was unacceptable for Legal Officers to work under such extreme conditions.
Assuring the Zonal Heads of his total commitment to upgrading their offices and working conditions in line with standard best practices, he disclosed that some of the zones may be merged for ease of effective management, while the Ughelli Zonal Office will serve as a central point to service courts in the area with a well-equipped law library.