By Dayo Johnson &Â Gbenga Ariyibi
AKUREâ€”COMMUNITIES in the riverrine areas of Ondo State yesterday cried out to the Federal Government over the illegal activities of oil bunkering which had posed greave danger to their continued existence.
Their spokesman and former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Isaacs Kekemeke told newsmen in Akure that the illegal trade had exposed the lives of the people in the communities to danger as the stolen crude oil was being refined locally in the area.
He said, â€œit is true that illegal activities are going on in the state, particularly in some locations in Irele local government area. What is happening is that people are moving black oil, crude oil which I believe was stolen from government pipes to the area and selling such, we now have a situation where such crude are being refined locally and sold as refined diesel and petrol.
â€œIt is a very sad thing, it is a very dangerous thing, it is a thing that is likely to destroy or has the effect of destroying the community, we are beginning to see the impact of the degradation on the environment, all people of goodwill must come together to fight this, government has a responsibility to stop this suicidal mission that our people are embarking upon.
… protest slow pace of road construction
ADO-EKITIâ€”Residents of Iworoko community in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State,yesterday took to streets protesting the slow pace of work on Iworoko-Ifaki Road by the state government.
The protesters mostlyÂ youths and students of the University of Ado EkitiÂ trooped out in their scoresÂ Â Â and gave the state government five day ultimatum to tar the road, failure of which they threatened to deal with officials of the state government plying the road.
The road which is under construction, according to them, is hindering visibility and causing some of the residents to contract dust-borne diseases.
TheyÂ madeÂ bonfires and putÂ logs of wood in strategic junctions of the community. They held up traffic with vehicles coming from Ifaki and Ado stuck at the same spot for the time the protest lasted.