No fewer than 20 fish farmers in Ogun State have been hospitalised due to shock caused by the loss of over N500 million investment to flooding, protesters have said.
The protesters, representing two hundred farmers whose ponds located at Ikangba/Agoro, Ijebu Ode in Odogbolu Local Government were destroyed, stormed the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta to seek state government’s intervention.
Explaining, they said the flooding, on July 8, had swept away fish ponds of about 200 farmers and destroyed other property worth N500 million.
The protesters said the victims of this unfortunate flooding spread across five fish farmers’ clusters of Ifeoluwa, Asejere, Progressive, Joye and Kajola, displaying placards with various inscriptions such as “Governor Abiodun, save our soul; N500m investment washed away by flood,” “Dredging of Yemule River is Long overdue, Governor Abiodun, help us fix Agoro and Ikangba road,” among others.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the farmers , Eko Nicholas confirmed that more than 20 farmers were just discharged from the hospital due to the shock they suffered over the loss.
His words: “We are calling on the governor as a matter of necessity to help us dredge Yemule stream to make it wide and deep enough to accommodate the volume of water that is coming from the construction sites. With that, the water would not overflow its bound.
“Also, the Ikangba/Agoro road otherwise known as old Lagos road, has been a nightmare to the residents and it also contributed to the flood due to lack of drainage and proper channeling. We are also begging the governor to help us fix the road.
“Most importantly, the governor should assist us by granting us a soft loan to help us stand on our feet again. As I speak, over 20 of our members just left hospitals yesterday and two days ago. They are just recuperating from the shock suffered as a result of the disaster.”
Meanwhile, the General Manager of the State Agricultural Development Corporation, Bolu Owootomo, has assured protesters that the government would meet the protesters’ demands as soon as possible.
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