The waste product of the industrial oil which the Bo-Kenema Power Service (BKPS) Bo station machine uses has become a cause of worry to the inhabitants of the area around the power station.
The end product of the oil normally called “burn oil” runs through a bridge that lies on Tikonko Road and through a gutter that goes through some houses that lie between the mentioned road and Fofanah Street, and into the next houses on the left side of the street and, finally into the swamps in the area.
The effect of the running ‘burn oil’ could be felt before walking into the swamps that lie ahead. Relics of the oil could be felt or seen in almost all the compounds leading to the garden beds in the swamps, which a resident reported to Awoko “is the people’s source of livelihood” as most of the residents either engage in vegetable or swamp rice faming.
But the area residents have cried out that the pollution of their area and swamp “is too much.”
The people of the area houses complained to Awoko that it seemed now that everybody in their homes work at “oil waste product factories”, as everything in their houses and even the children had no place any longer to have plays.
An entire area on the Fofanah Street, that is the oil’s passage to the swamps, is now but all left with the running waste of the oil.
But that is not the cause of anxiety to the populace of the area, rather the ‘burn oil’ that has left all the vegetables on their garden beds and the rice in their swamps dying down.
The swamp that lies immediately on the other side of Fofanah Street has almost lost all the rice planted, which are almost in the harvesting stage.
The waste oil is believed to have a residue of carbon dioxide which can destroy even the lives of humans least say of vegetables or plants. This oil was seen on all the garden beds inspected by Awoko in the area.
The company, Awoko has come to understand, has no corporate social responsibility towards the area people, and has never met them to talk on the devastating effect of the running ‘burn oil’ on the lives of both the people and their vegetables.
The people therefore are imploring the government and other stakeholders to intervene on their behalf even if not for them now but for posterity.