Several houses have collapsed and others gradually shrinking on the stretched beach of Goderich and “OBA FUNKIA” as a result of the aggressive nature of the ocean and uncontrolled sand mining .
Over the weekend this Press visited Goderich Village and observed that the stretched village surrounded by rivers, creeks and the ocean is narrowing at an alarming rate.
‘Oba Funkia’ is the hardest hit of the disaster pubs, guest houses and private resident’s worth millions of Dollars have washed away, the houses on the beautiful Island and the beach itself eroding in to the ocean.
Residents of the area are now living in fear because the ocean has no bounds. A resident of Goderich whose parcel of land at the beach is no more in existence Olu Williams said the beach is now narrowing and the people are suffering.
Most of the houses are leaning with cracks all over, while others are also supported underneath with sticks, the land is also shrinking and the beach front is now a fading black mud.
Local Authorities spoken to disclosed to this Press that sand mining is largely responsible for the soil and beach erosion, A Community Leader Abayomi Williams explained that some people are conniving with the chiefs to collect money for the sand.
Towns and Villages around Goderich, Funkia, Adonkia and Hamilton are likely to become an environmental threat, wherein flooding and other disasters are imminent an official of the Ministry of Lands Housing and Country Planning warns.
Land degradation is posing a serious environmental threat, houses are collapsing and the several parcels of land along the beach have been washed away by the ocean, a fisherman named Mohamed Kamara told this Press that even the shore of the sea is narrowing. At Hamilton modern houses have been constructed, but some of the sand used to construct the houses is causing serious environmental problems. The ocean has swallowed up a very large portion of the land.
Tipper Drivers are frequent to Hamilton, Funkia and Goderich amidst deplorable road network, these drivers collect and transport tons of sand daily to the city and its environs, and local youths mount roadblocks to collect money from the tipper drivers.
Government’s development agenda needs to concentrate on the suburbs of the city, provide them with good road network electricity and protect the land from exploitation. That will be detrimental a resident advised during an interview. Stone crushing, sand mining and fishing is the major economic activity in the area. By Saidu Bah