By Timi Black, WARRI
Two families in Ogbein-Ama federated communities in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State have issued two months ultimatum to Hydrodam Nigeria Limited and Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, to evacuate the sand deposit from the families dump site in the community.
This was made available in a press statement signed by Akugbala and Zipamor families to Congress correspondent in Warri on Sunday.
The families said the company and NDDC have violated the agreement reached over the dump site in the community, adding that it should evacuate all sand in the dump within two months.
The families threatened to throw back the sand heaps in the dump site to the river if the construction company fails to clear the dump site within the two months.
According to the angry families: “On the 7th August 2014, we had an agreement with Hydrodam Nig Ltd to lease a portion of our land as a sand dump for one year, but the one year agreement has elapsed for long. It is seven years and three weeks now yet we have not received any compensation from the company. They have not compensated our crops/palm trees from the very first year till now”.
The protesters added: “Our land is not sand or material abandoning site for Hydrodam Nig Ltd/NDDC. We have patiently waited for over seven years for Hydrodam/NDDC to remove their sand from our land. We will not continue to starve ourselves to death as the piece of land is our source of survival. We can not cultivate crops on the land because of the sand on it”.
The angry families said they didn’t want to encounter similar incident which occurred in Okoloba Community in Bomadi LGA where long abandoned construction materials by the same company caused serious erosion in the community.
The group further said, few weeks ago, the Community Leaders decried over erosion on the Community seawalls which was caused by the over stressing of the foreshore walls by Hydrodam Nig. Ltd/NDDC work materials.
The families reiterated that failure to evacuate the sand after the two months ultimatum, they would move the sand in the dump site back to the river.